Blended Scotch Whiskies Johnnie Walker Scotland

Johnnie Walker A Song of Fire

Review of the Johnnie Walker dedicated to the Targaryens from Game of Thrones.

Provenance: Scotland
Typology: Blended Scotch Whisky
Gradation: 40.8%ABV
Ageing Barrels: N/A
Chillfiltered: Yes
Additional coloring: Yes
Owner: Diageo
Average price: € 30.00
Official website: www.johnniewalker.com
Vote: 65/100

And after the bottle dedicated to the ice of the Starks, here’s the one dedicated to the fire of the Targaryens, released at the same time.
At the base of the blended spirit is obviously a peated whisky, Caol Ila, and as with the “ice” version, on each side of the bottle there is part of the same image which, when combined with the others, makes up the whole.

As always, here is a summary of all the bottlings in the series dedicated to Game of Thrones:

  • Cardhu Gold Reserve (dedicated to the House Targaryen);
  • Clynelish Reserve (dedicated to the House Tyrell);
  • Dalwhinnie Winter’s Frost (dedicated to the House Stark);
  • Lagavulin 9yo (dedicated to the House Lannister);
  • Mortlach 15 yo (dedicated to the Six Kingdoms);
  • Oban Bay Reserve (dedicated to the Night’s Watch);
  • Royal Lachnagar 12yo (dedicated to the House Baratheon);
  • Singleton of Glendullan Reserve (dedicated to the House Tully);
  • Talisker Select Reserve (dedicated to the House Greyjoy).
    Nominally not part of the series, but nevertheless inspired by GoT, are the following:
  • Johnnie Walker White Walker (dedicated to the White Walkers);
  • Johnnie Walker Song of Fire and Johnnie Walker Song of Ice.

Curiously, the nose isn’t so different from its icy brother: light and herbaceous with always an artificial introduction, if there’s any peat you just can’t find it. Cereals, peach, honey, vanilla… we really are in photocopy, in fact almost indistinguishable. Just maybe a little more tingling from the alcohol. With a lot of patience, a puff of smoke emerges over time.
The music changes a little on the palate, with an immediate smoky hint of peat that remains timid and subdued, absorbed by the cereals and a certain alcoholic exuberance (too much, considering the alcohol content). Herbaceous and fresh scents always dominate, with a drop of lemon, a touch of ginger, vanilla and peach. Along the length, there is a sour and metallic undertone.
The finish is quite short, of cereals, hazelnuts, lemon, used ashtray, iron.

Considerably inferior to its brother and totally off-centre compared to what the label suggests, it’s unbalanced and crude, not very accommodating for an easy-drinking blended.

Other bottlings in the blog:
Johnnie Walker 12yo Black Label
Johnnie Walker 12yo Black Label Origins – Islay
Johnnie Walker 18yo
Johnnie Walker A Song of Ice
Johnnie Walker Blue Label
Johnnie Walker Double Black
Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve
Johnnie Walker Red Label
Johnnie Walker White Walker
Johnnie Walker XR 21yo

Other perspectives:
The Whiskey Wash

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