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Diageo celebrate Game of Thrones with launch of White Walker by Johnnie Walker

Celebrating one of the world's most popular television shows, Diageo have just announced the launch of the White Walker by Johnnie Walker and The Game of Thrones Single Malt Scotch Whisky Collection.

Published: October 2, 2018
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The limited-edition White Walker Scotch Whisky is inspired by the most enigmatic and feared characters on the hit show - the White Walkers - and is here for "fans to enjoy as anticipation builds towards the final season".

The White Walker will be followed by a new GofT collection which will feature eight scotches - including Royal Lochnagar, Lagavulin and Talisker - that are each paired with one of the iconic Houses of Westeros and the Night’s Watch giving fans an "authentic taste of the Seven Kingdoms and beyond".

In the TV show, the White Walkers are known for their pale complexion and icy blue eyes and are led by the Night King, bringing with them the chill of winter.

The limited-edition Johnnie Walker whisky is designed to evoke their icy world, created by whisky specialist George Harper, alongside the small team of expert blenders at Johnnie Walker, the team at Diageo say this innovative whisky is best served directly from the freezer, "echoing the chilling presence of the White Walkers".

The Game of Thrones collection will follow the White Walker. Picture: Diageo

Designed to mirror the Frozen North of Westeros, the packaging features an icy white and blue design along with the iconic Johnnie Walker Striding Man now armoured in the fashion of the ranks of the Night King’s forces.

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Utilising temperature-sensitive ink technology, fans will be reminded that “Winter is Here” from an unexpected graphic icy reveal on the bottle when frozen.

Harper and his team say the whisky has notes of "caramelised sugar and vanilla, fresh red berries" with a "touch of orchard fruit" and features single malts from Cardhu and Clynelish – one of Scotland’s most Northern distilleries.

Blender George Harper said: “Whiskies from Clynelish have endured long, Scottish winters, not dissimilar to the long periods endured by the Night’s Watch who have ventured north of the wall - so it was the perfect place to start when creating this unique whisky.

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Jeff Peters, vice president, licensing & retail at HBO, added: “Once we saw Johnnie Walker’s vision for a way to collaborate together on a Game of Thrones whisky, we knew the idea was perfect and the time was now.

"From the beginning, they understood that we wanted to create something special, and they’ve accomplished that with White Walker by Johnnie Walker. We’re confident fans will enjoy sipping this delicious whisky as they wait for season 8 and beyond."

White Walker by Johnnie Walker is part of a wider partnership with HBO and (Johnnie Walker parent company) Diageo which will also see the launch of the Game of Thrones Single Malt Scotch Whisky Collection available starting in February 2019 until supplies last.

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Driven by a passion for all things drinks-related, Sean writes for The Scotsman extensively on the subject. He can also sometimes be found behind the bar at the world famous Potstill bar in Glasgow where he continues to enhance his whisky knowledge built up over 10 years advising customers from all over the world on the wonders of our national drink. Recently, his first book was published. Dubbed Gin Galore, it explores Scotland's best gins and the stories behind those that make them.

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