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Special toast to local Game of Thrones fans

Published:Thursday | February 14, 2019 | 12:21 AM
Andrew Anguin (left), Brand Manager for Johnnie Walker at Red Stripe, and Nathan Nelms, Junior Brand Manager for Johnnie Walker at Red Stripe, show off the new Johnnie Walker limited edition scotch, the White Walker.
Andrew Anguin (left), Brand Manager for Johnnie Walker at Red Stripe, and Nathan Nelms, Junior Brand Manager for Johnnie Walker at Red Stripe, show off the new Johnnie Walker limited edition scotch, the White Walker.

Enter the realm of the most feared supernatural creatures on TV, where White Walkers lurk in the Frozen North. In collaboration with HBO’s hit show, Game of Thrones (G0T), Johnnie Walker officially welcomes its limited edition scotch, the ‘White Walker’. Theblended whisky, which takes its name from the humanoid creatures on the medieval fantasy drama series, is exciting scotch lovers and GOT fans in anticipation of the premiere of Season 8.

Known by their icy blue eyes and led by the Night King, the undead army of White Walkers have emerged from the Frozen North, bringing with them the chill of winter and now a limited-edition whisky, that evokes their icy world. The White Walkeris best served directly from the freezer and features pack technology that changes designs when chilled. Johnnie Walker and Game of Thrones fans alike will be reminded that “Winter Is Here” from an unexpected icy reveal on the bottle itself. The limited edition bottle utilizes thermochromic ink to also give fans a surprise message when frozen.

“When you thought Game of Thrones could not get any more thrilling, we’ve added that extra bit of excitement that fans and Scotch lovers can appreciate,” said Nathan Nelms, Junior Brand Manager of Diageo Portfolio at Red Stripe. “I mean leave it up to GoT to be incredibly hyped with a slew of trailer teasers, the wolf and the lion will be at each other’s throats for sure. From our side, we’re hoping that this innovation will leave a lasting impression as consumers enjoy the unique taste of a carefully blended creation.”

Created by whisky specialist George Harper, alongside the small team of expert blenders at Johnnie Walker, The White Walker edition features notes of caramelised sugar and vanilla, fresh red berries with a touch of orchard fruit and single malts from Cardhu and Clynelish – one of Scotland’s most northern distilleries.

“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,” said Jeff Peters, Vice President, Licensing& Retail at HBO. “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.”

Johnnie Walker White Walker, is now available in Jamaica across select Supermarkets. The 750ml White Walker, may be purchased by the bottle or by case of 12 bottles.

The special edition maintains the iconic Johnnie Walker Striding Man, now fashioned in armour to fit in among the ranks of the Night King’s forces. HBO is set to premiere the highly anticipated Game of Thrones Season 8 in April, the final season for the much-acclaimed show, which was last aired in 2017.