The Night’s Watch is not a particular house, but a brotherhood composed of many houses. They are the protectors of the Seven Kingdoms and the first to stand before the Night King. The Diageo whisky chosen to represent them, Oban.
Oban is located beneath a steep cliff that overlooks the west Highlands and the Islands. It’s a place very much like Castle Black, the headquarters of The Night’s Watch, and the Wall.
One of the best things about this whisky is the amazing packaging that is clearly meant to stand apart from the other bottles. It is a black bottle that bears the Night’s Watch oath on the label.
“Hear my words, and bear witness to my vow. Night gathers, and now my watch begins. It shall not end until my death. I shall take no wife, hold no lands, father no children. I shall wear no crowns and win no glory. I shall live and die at my post. I am the sword in the darkness. I am the watcher on the walls. I am the fire that burns against the cold, the light that brings the dawn, the horn that wakes the sleepers, the shield that guards the realms of men. I pledge my life and honor to the Night’s Watch, for this night and all the nights to come.”
Nose: citrus, oak, vanilla and spices
Palate: rich, woody, spices, caramel and char
Finish: smooth full of spices, salt and warmth
This was the bottle I had the hardest time tracking. I think I called about 5-10 liquor stores around me asking if they had it. The minute one of them said yes, I ran to that place and I ended up getting their last bottle. The hard work paid off because what a tasty whisky it is. It is a whisky that can certainly keep any Night’s Watchmen warm and cozy on those cold winter nights.
They did an absolutely great job with the pairing and I think this is a whisky many people will enjoy. I am a fan of Oban, and I do like this whisky nearly as much as the Clynesh. There is a complexity that is respectable and enjoyable.
If there is a chance for you to get a hold of this one, I would definitely recommend it. The whisky is balanced, waxy, full of spices and touching notes of sweetness. It is warming and absolutely beautiful. It’s slightly comparable to Oban 14. So, if you love Oban 14 then you will love this whisky.
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.