Johnnie Walker A Song of Ice and A Song of Fire

Game of Thrones may be over but Game of Thrones inspired whiskies are not. Johnnie Walker released two Limited Edition Game of Thrones whiskies. A Song of Ice, inspired by the House Stark Direwolf and A Song of Fire, inspired by the House Targaryen Dragon. Now if you recall, these aren’t the only Game of Thrones releases produced by Johnnie Walker. During the final season they also released White Walker, no need for me to tell you who was the inspiration behind that blend.


A Song of Ice

This is a blended whisky featuring Clynelish, one of Scotland’s most northern distilleries. Remember the North!

Tasting Notes
Nose: vanilla, fruit and butterscotch
Plate: vanilla, tropical fruit and butterscotch
Finish: creamy and smooth
Cost: $42 (depending on where you buy)

The bottle states that you should drink this cold. To ensure that was the case I placed the bottle in the freezer for about an hour just like I did with my previous White Walker bottle. Drinking it cold does make a difference on taste. The White Walker I preferred cold, this one, I prefer at room temperature. The cold added an element of crispness to it and it makes it creamier, but I thought the notes became a bit harsher. At room temperature I get more of the vanilla and tropical fruit. While it still remains creamy, the notes are better balanced when not cold.

This bottle had several similarities to the White Walker however if I were to pick one over the other I’d say White Walker edges this one out. It’s not a bad whisky by any means it’s just not as good as I was expecting it to be.


A Song of Fire

A blended whisky featuring Caol Ila, which brings subtle smoke notes to the dram.

Tasting Notes
Nose: cinnamon, light smoke and vanilla
Palate: vanilla, lightly sweet, light smoke and fruit
Finish: creamy and light smoke notes
Cost: $42 (depending on where you buy)

This one is recommended you drink at room temperature. Just like A Song of Ice, it is creamy but a lot more warming with light subtle smoke notes. The peat is not overwhelming and if perfectly balanced with the sweet notes of vanilla. I find it be a good starter whisky for those who want to get more into smoky whiskies but aren’t quite there yet. The smoke is subtle, smooth and doesn’t punch you in the face.


These two aren’t bad but if I had to rank them in order of preference it be, White Walker, A Song of Fire and then A Song of Ice. If you were a Game of Thrones fan then these are definitely worth trying and purchasing if you are a collector. I don’t think these are whiskies that will blow you socks off. So, if that is what you are expecting then these aren’t for you. I was a huge Game of Thrones fan so getting these was a no-brainer for me since the quality and the cost was pretty sweet.

Cheers!

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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