So, it’s time to don some medieval headgear, fire up the dragon and get all magical as the Final season of Games of Thrones is now truly upon us (who knew they’d be EIGHT Series?!)
As a celebration of the final foray into the world where you’re life expectancy could be measured in a few episodes, Johnnie Walker have released a limited edition, celebratory drink of their famous brand. Here’s a spoiler alert: it’s guaranteed to freeze the cockles of your heart!
Created by whisky specialist George Harper, this whisky features malts from Clynelish and Cardhu.
Johnnie Walker “White Walker” Whisky is designed to be served chilled, which is unusual for a whisky!
So much so, that the very collectable, fantastic bottle design incorporates ‘thermochromic ink’ which reveals a message when frozen (Spoiler Alert: See image below.)
The concept of this release is to honour the “White Walkers beyond The Wall”, a bunch of baddies like no other and not to be messed with!
The Johnnie Walker bottle has a themed GOT look and Johnnie himself is wearing some natty armour. He also has the distinctive, piercing blue eyes, the un-mistakable sign of the White Walkers and don’t forget those fantastic horns!
31dover.com has very generously sent me some “White Walker” to try (thanks 31dover.com!).
So, what did I think? Here are my tasting notes …
Tasting Notes – Johnnie Walker “White Walker” Whisky (41.7%)
Colour: Pale gold.
Nose: Green apples and vanilla with tuiti-fruiti tropical fruits. Shades of citrus which gives way to some white wood.
Palate: Very similar to the Nose with the addition of a little smoke and creamy vanilla fudge flavours. The crisp coldness gives it a morish quality that makes it very drinkable.
Finish: Smooth, sweet finish with some smoke and increasing dryness. Right at the end there’s also some fiery spice coming through – must be the magic taking hold!
Overall: This is not a connoisseur whisky but it makes a great, fun, drink that should only be served straight from the fridge.
Used in a cocktail “White Walker” will be to die for (there’s some ideas here) especially if we have a summer like last year, or even an Easter!
Interestingly, the addition of ice to increase the coldness seems to enhance the flavours rather than dulling them which is often the case.
Of course, it will taste great with a Coke but I thought I’d try something of my own.
I was thinking of calling my cocktail …
‘Return of the Night King’
- To a tall glass add a “arrowhead mountain” * measure of Johnnie Walker “White Walker” Whisky.
- Add a generous dash of Elderflower cordial.
- Don’t forget to add plenty of ice.
- Top up with Coke Zero (not as sweet.)
- Add some Lemon juice if desired to give it some ‘bite’.
Superb! (“like the cracking of ice on a winter lake” **)
Be careful though, it has a “dragonglass” hit behind it!
GOT fans will certainly love this release, even with the bottle empty, which is not something that can be said of most whiskies!
But to be honest, Game of Thrones fan or not, this is a fun, refreshing and tasty way to experience whisky and I heartily recommended you to give it a try.
But one, burning, icy, question we all need to ask is: “Is Johnnie Walker the ‘Night King’?” ***
I’ll leave it up to you to decide!
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* It’s where the Walkers hail from.
** The White Walkers speak a language with the voice “like the cracking of ice on a winter lake”.
*** The ‘Night King’ is the apparent leader of The White Walkers – so it must be JW!