“That’s what I do. I drink and I know things.” - Tyrion Lannister, Game Of Thrones

Game Of Thrones, a series based off of George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire book series has built a wide fanbase across the whole world, including Nepal. As one of the show’s fans, I was quite excited to try one of the two scotch blended whiskeys: Johnnie Walker A Song of Ice and A Song of Fire, in honor of Game of Thrones’ biggest villains, The White Walkers. A Song of Ice is a blended Scotch inspired by the Direwolves used as the sigil for the House of Stark whereas Johnnie Walker A Song of Fire is inspired by the dragons commanded by Daenerys Targaryen, also known as the ‘Mother of Dragons.’

The limited edition White Walker by Johnnie Walker comes in a specially frosted bottle and even features a zombified version of Mr. Walker himself. When looking closely, you’ll notice his eyes are blue, he’s wearing armor and holding an intriguing sword. The bottle instructed putting it in the freezer for a while, sharing the chilling message ‘Winter is Here.’ How cool is that! This is a really neat effect I have never seen on a bottle before and it is intriguing enough to make you want to try it, especially if you enjoy Game of Thrones.

For me, the whiskey surprisingly had a gentle taste. Light on the nose, with touches of caramel, brown butter, butterscotch, candy corn, toasted coconut and a bit of nuts and hay. Tastewise, the whiskey has notes of caramel, coconut and spice. The flavors of berries and mangoes seemed to pop in and out as the whiskey slowly warms up. As the finish arrives, a lingering cereal note remains in the glass which reminded me of Sand Snake, alongside spice, a touch of wood, and a nutty bitter end similar to Robb Stark’s reign as the King of the North. Even though the whiskey is focused on the winter vibes, this to me is an ideal cool summer beverage. Simply put, the Johnnie Walker A Song Of Ice is well crafted and highly worth picking up on days you want to just relax and loosen up.