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Talisker Game of Thrones House Greyjoy

Posted April 27, 2019, 7:54 p.m. by T

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Talisker Select Reserve Game of Thrones House Greyjoy

Ah, Game of Thrones and the hype around it. Claiming that the series, spin offs and everything that comes with it is omnipresent would be an understatement par excellence. Full disclosure: Your humble narrator has never seen a single episode of the show.

Yet what I harbour deep inside is a deep appreciation for the liquid emissions that emerge from the Talisker Distillery, so needless to say that the announcement of the Select Reserve Game Of Thrones House Greyjoy got me mildly excited and warranted me doing a bit of research as to the alignment of the whisky, its presentation and why it is associated with what is portrayed in the series about House Greyjoy.

Turns out that what I learned about the location of House Greyjoy and its surround und aligns well with the DNA of what Talisker has become known for: Distilled on the remote and rugged shores of the Isle of Skye, the maritime sea spray character of Talisker Select Reserve, which is embedded in a smoke frame that is less on the nose and more on the subtle side without lacking both sweet and spicy nuances and imagining this to be the drink of choice on the series’ Iron Island does not necessitate a whole lot imagination.

While the amber coloured drop was matured in heavily charred ex-Bourbon casks, what materializes on the nose suggests that there were some ex-Sherry casks thrown in for good measure as apart from smokiness pervaded by peppery hints, there are hints of fruits, oranges, saline notes, faint vanilla and charcoal.

When it hits the palate, it unfolds a viscous melange of salt, caramel, dark chocolate, Asian herbs, delicately burnt leather and seamlessly transitions into an elongated complex dry finish that balances a fruity full-bodied character with warm smoke.

Needless to say that it comes adorned with House of Greyjoy themed artwork, with the beautifully illustrated trademark Kraken taking centerstage on the tin.

Now, this is without a question a formidable collaboration that not only present another premium expression that fits the high standard of the benchmark that has been consistently upped by Talisker – and one that intrigues me enough to find out more about the House of Greyjoy that it is a tribute to.

Given the quality of this release, I can hardly wait to find out firsthand if the other distilleries that form part of the Game of Thrones editions are of an equal standard, most prominently the contribution of Lagavulin.

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