HBO’s Game of Thrones first aired back in 2011 and has since become one of the biggest TV shows of all time. With its eighth and final season set to air next Spring, fans across the globe are eager to see how this epic struggle for power will conclude. If you can’t wait for the final season, but are also dreading the show’s end, then you may be interested to learn that you’ll be able to watch the final season whilst sipping some official Game of Thrones Whisky.
As VT reports, the whisky will be available in eight different bottles, each representing the eight major houses of Westeros, from House Stark to House Lannister, as well as a special black bottle for the Night’s Watch. Each House has been paired with a different type of whisky, they are as follows:
- Game of Thrones House Tully – Singleton of Glendullan Select; Around $30 for 750ml; ABV 40%
- Game of Thrones House Stark – Dalwhinnie Winter’s Frost; Around $40 for 750ml; ABV 43%
- Game of Thrones House Targaryen – Cardhu Gold Reserve; Around $40 for 750ml; ABV 40%
- Game of Thrones House Lannister – Lagavulin 9 Year Old; Around $65 for 750ml; ABV 46%
- Game of Thrones House Greyjoy – Talisker Select Reserve; Around $45 for 750ml; ABV 45.8%
- Game of Thrones House Baratheon – Royal Lochnagar 12 Year Old; Around $65 for 750ml; ABV 40%
- Game of Thrones House Tyrell – Clynelish Reserve; Around $60 for 750ml; ABV 51.2%
- Game of Thrones The Night’s Watch – Oban Bay Reserve; Around $63 for 750ml; ABV 43%
These whiskies follow the recent release of the ‘Johnnie Walker’ White Walker whisky that’s inspired by the show. Jeff Peters, vice president, licensing & retail at HBO said: “We knew there was fan appetite for a Game of Thrones whisky and once we saw the vision from Johnnie Walker for a way to collaborate 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 eight and beyond.”
We can’t think of a better way of sending off these characters we’ve been with for years than by raising a glass of Game of Thrones Whisky. Tyrion Lannister would certainly approve!
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Tom Matthews, spokesperson for In The Book said:
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Each fan/student is assigned a house that fits their personality: Slytherin for the cunning and ambitious, Gryffindor for brave and athletic, Hufflepuff for the loyal and humble, and Ravenclaw for the smart and creative.
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Check out the new designs below!
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