A couple years back, to celebrate the final season of Game of Thrones, HBO commissioned some well-known Scotch Whisky distilleries to create limited editions of Single Malt Scotch. These whiskies, released as the Game of Thrones Single Malt Scotch Collection, represent some of the more influential Houses in the epic fantasy HBO series inspired by George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire, as well as a couple other notable factions of characters. The collection includes 7 whiskies devoted the main families of Westeros’ Seven Kingdoms, as well as a couple releases that give nods to the Night’s Watch a the Wall and the White Walkers.
While the book series is still waiting for another installment, the HBO television show wrapped up to some criticism (no spoilers here). I haven’t tried all the Scotches yet, but I’m told they have a more palatable finish than the T.V. series.
Game of Thrones Scotch
The Game of Thrones Scotch collection consists of eight limited edition single malt scotch whiskies that represent eight of the main families, or houses, in the Game of Thrones Saga. Each individual release in the collection comes from a different distillery across Scotland, which is fitting.
Whiskies included in the Game of Thrones Single Malt Scotch Whisky Collection are:
- House Stark by Dalwhinnie Winter’s Frost
- House Tully by Singleton of Glendullan Select
- House Targaryen by Cardhu Gold Reserve
- House Lannister by Lagavulin 9 Year Old
- House Greyjoy by Talisker Select Reserve
- House Baratheon by Royal Lochnagar 12 Year Old
- House Tyrell by Clynelish Reserve
- The Night’s Watch by Oban Bay Reserve
- White Walkers from Jonnie Walker
- The Six Kingdoms by Mortlach 15 Year
All of these releases have been quite popular, and many of them are sold out in most places, but let’s take a look anyway and see where we might find them. I’ll include some links to my affiliates, but I can’t guarantee they’ll always be in stock.
House Targaryen by Cardhu Gold Reserve
Another favorite family among Game of Thrones fans, House Targaryen has a long, complicated history of ruling over the seven kingdoms. Probably the rightful heirs to the Iron Throne, the Targaryen blood line is among the most important in all of Westeros. Oh, and they also ride dragons.
Game of Thrones House Targaryen comes from Cardhu distillery, also in the Speyside region of Scotland. House Targaryen Single Malt Scotch Whisky is another 80 Proof (40% ABV) whisky full of baking spices on the nose and a caramel palate. Whether due to the title of Queen Daenerys Targaryen, first of her name, or the full flavor profile, this is one of the more sought after bottles in the GoT Scotch line. As of writing this, it was in stock at the Whiskey Dealer.
Cardhu Gold Reserve Game of Thrones House Targaryen Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Game of Thrones House Greyjoy by Talisker Select Reserve
House Greyjoy is a seafaring people. They worship the Drowned God and rule over the Iron Islands. What is dead may never die. Talisker was a fitting distillery for HBO to commission Game of Thrones House Greyjoy Single Malt Scotch Whisky, because it, too, sits mightily upon an island: the Isle of Skye. Talisker is known for its distinct “maritime flavors”.
Talisker Select Reserve Game of Thrones – House Greyjoy
Game of Thrones House Stark from Dalwhinnie
House Stark was home to most of our favorite protagonists in the show, including Jon Snow (the king in the north). Game of Thrones House Stark is a special label on Dalwhinnie Distillery called Winter’s Frost. House Stark is a Single Malt Scotch from the Highland region of Scotland. It touts a low and approachable 86 Proof (43% ABV). It carries no age statement, so it’s probably a little young. You can check for it at Mash and Grape, or you may have luck purchasing at Flaviar.
Dalwhinnie Winter’s Frost Game of Thrones – House Stark
Game of Thrones House Tully – Singleton of Glendullan Select
The Game of Thrones House Tully release is a Single Malt Scotch Whisky from Glendullan Distillery in the Speyside region of Scotland. Speyside, along the river Spey, is the same region that gives us other popular Scotch Whiskys like Glenlivet and Glenfiddich. Also with No Age Statement, Game of Thrones House Tully Singleton of Glendullan Select is an 80 Proof (40% ABV) scotch with rich, earthy aromas.
The Singleton of Glendullan Select Game of Thrones – House Tully
Game of Thrones House Lannister by Lagavulin 9 Year Old
Love them or hate them, a Lannister always pays his debts. In fact, two characters who end up being most beloved are Lannisters: Tyrion and Jamie, both with great character development. Of course, one of the most hated characters, Cercei, is also a Lannister.
HBO enlisted Lagavulin for the Single Malt release of House Lannister Scotch. Lagavulin, of course, has grown in popularity due to another T.V. show character endorsement Parks and Rec. The Lannister release is a bit younger than Ron Swanson’s preferred 16 Year Old Scotch, but the House Lannister 9 Year Old has a more impressive label and is good for collecting. Lagavulin is an Islay Single Malt Scotch and rings in at 92 Proof (46% ABV). Expect a lot of great character from the Game of Thrones Scotch edition.
Lagavulin 9-Year Game of Thrones – House Lannister
GoT House Baratheon by Royal Lochnagar 12 Year Old
Another Single Malt Scotch from the Highland region, Game of Thrones House Baratheon is a 12 Year Old expression from Royal Lochnagar Distillery. The Baratheons were on the Iron Throne for a time, but it was a high contested reign. They were the only real contenders against the Targaryen family for rightful claim. This 12 Year Single Malt is a palatable 80 Proof (40% ABV).
House Tyrell by Clynelish Reserve
The Tyrell Family played a large role in manipulating the Lannisters for their own gain. This edition of the Game of Thrones Single Malt Scotch Collection manipulates the palate well, too. Game of Thrones House Tyrell is made by Clynelish Distillery in the Highland Region of Scotland. This is a hotter whisky than the others in this collection, bottled at 102.4 Proof (51.2% ABV). Floral and citrusy, this single malt accurately reflects the garden vibe given off by the Tyrells.
The Night’s Watch by Oban Bay Reserve
A highly rated bottle of Single Malt Scotch, Oban Distillery has created a beautiful expression of Oban Bay Reserve in the Night’s Watch. At 86 Proof (43% ABV), this Highland scotch is bottled in a black, opaque bottle and offers wintery character. When tasting, you might imagine yourself on watch at the Wall with Jon Snow himself.
Oban Bay Reserve Game of Thrones – The Night’s Watch
White Walker from Johnnie Walker
A fitting partnership, HBO clearly had to tap into Johnnie Walker’s fabled name for their White Walker release of Game of Thrones whisky. Toss this in the freezer to chill it down, and you may be surprised with a unique, icy message.
But this is more than just a fancy bottle. Best served cold, this is a unique blended Scotch whisky that stands out with the quality and flavor you’d expect from Johnnie Walker.
Johnnie Walker “White Walker” Game of Thrones edition
The Six Kingdoms Mortlach 15 Year Single Malt Scotch
An addition to this lineup of Game of Thrones Scotch whisky is The Six Kingdoms release from Mortlach. This 15 Year Old Single Malt Scotch is represented by the Three Eyed Raven (I’ll never be Lord of anything) to keep an eye on the six kingdoms of Westeros. It’s also fitting that this is the oldest Scotch of the bunch. Mortlach Speyside scotch utilizes a complex, unique distilling process to distill their scotch exactly 2.81 times (don’t ask me how). The Six Kingdoms scotch is finished in ex-bourbon casks, giving it a smooth, bold vanilla spice.
Mortlach 15 Year Old Single Malt ‘Game of Thrones The Six Kingdoms’
Game of Thrones Scotch in North Carolina
I’ve seen many, though not all, of these bottles on shelves in and around North Carolina ABC stores. If you’re the kind of scotch drinker that wants to collect all of these bottles, visit your local stores or those as you travel. Also keep an eye on the NC ABC Stock list to anticipate deliveries around the state.
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