It’s been a long time coming, but the final season of Game of Thrones finally has a release date: April 2019. You might feel like you need a drink after waiting so long for confirmation that winter has indeed arrived in Westeros. To give you something to do for the next five months and build the hype even more, HBO has partnered with liquor company Diageo to release eight Game of Thrones-themed single malt Scotch whiskies.
Each of the seven houses and the Night’s Watch gets a themed bottle, and there’s a loose tie between the houses and the distilleries that make their whiskies. Cardhu makes House Targaryen’s whisky, for example, because Cardhu is the rare Scotch distillery founded and run by a woman, Helen Cumming, and House Targaryen is run by a strong woman, Daenerys. House Stark gets a bottle from Dalwhinnie, which is in one of the coldest regions of Scotland (but it’s still one of the best Scotch distilleries to visit). House Lannister is represented by the historic Lagavulin, and the maritime House Greyjoy is represented by a bottle of Talisker, which is made on the shores of the Isle of Skye (which also happens to be where the Game of Thrones prequel is being filmed).
Other bottles have a slightly more obscure connection. House Tully, for example, gets a bottle of Singleton because the Tullys are located in Riverrun and Singleton is made on the banks of a river. House Baratheon is paired with a bottle of Royal Lochnagar because they’re both “royal,” and House Tyrell is represented by a bottle of Clynelish because they’re both found in green pastures. All you need to know about the Night’s Watch pairing with Oban is that the bottle is black and the Oban distillery overlooks the separation between the west Highlands and the islands of Scotland.
While drinking bottles based on Game of Thrones isn’t as satisfying as actually seeing the final season, it’s one way to kill some time while you wait. After all, there are eight bottles and eight seasons total. Or, if you’re feeling up for an adventure, there’s the top 23 real-world locations Game of Thrones was filmed in that you can visit.
The Game of Thrones whiskies are now available from the alcohol delivery service Drizly, and range in price from $30 to $150.
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