Cardhu Gold Reserve | Game of Thrones House Targaryen

There have been many important and powerful women characters in Game of Thrones, one of the most important being Daenerys Targaryen. Representing House Targaryen is Cardhu.

These two were paired up because of the strong women it represented. Founded in 1811 Cardhu is the first distillery to be pioneered by two women, Helen Cumming and her daughter-in-law Elizabeth. When Lewis Cumming passed away in 1872 he left the distillery to his mother Helen and his wife Elizabeth. It was at this time that Elizabeth took full control of the distillery management and help lead it to a successful business.

The Cardhu Gold Reserve in this series happens to be one of the whiskies that is a repackage and was first released in 2014. So, if you missed purchasing this Game of Thrones bottle, fear not, you are only missing out on the packaging.

Tasting Notes

Nose: sweet fruit and toffee

Palate: sweet fruit, chocolate, toffee and spices

Finish: lightly sweet with notes of caramel and spices

Daenerys is very well represented by the power and strength of the Cumming women, but does the whisky taste profile match that strength and power? In my opinion the answer is, No. Simply stated, I was expecting a heck of a lot more. The outside package reads, House Targaryen Fire & Blood, there is none of that in the taste of this whisky.

This whisky is smooth and slightly sweet with hints of spice. It is balanced and easy to drink. Honestly that is all I can about it. If you are expecting too much when you try it, then be prepared to be disappointed. This whisky will not blow you away. It’s a good enough whisky that is extremely underwhelming.


Note: The contents on my blog are solely my opinion. To me every palate is different! Although I may or may not like a product, I always recommend for people to try it and make up their own minds.


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