Johnnie Walker launches White Walker in Sydney

Johnnie Walker has teamed up with HBO and Game of Thrones to create a new Scotch whisky called White Walker, with the exclusive Sydney launch party at Bondi’s Icebergs Dining & Bar.

For those of you who are not familiar with Game of Thrones, a White Walker is an undead humanoid creature that is a supernatural threat to mankind and dwells north of “The Wall”.

This new whiskey, which is packaged to look like it comes straight from the frozen north, is a special blend of single-malt whiskies from Johnnie Walker’s north-most distilleries, Cardhu and Clynelish, and has an ABV of 41.7 percent. On the pallet, expect some vanilla notes, and a hint of fruity sweetness, from red berry to apple. The sweetness of this Scotch will definitely make it more accessible to newer whisky drinkers.

Unlike most scotch that are usually served best at room temperature, White Walker is designed to be served from the freezer, preferably in chilled glasses, at minus 15 degrees Celsius.

The bottle features temperature-sensitive thermochromic ink, which reveals a hidden message when chilled. Once the winter blue-grey-white bottle is chilled to under -1.5 degrees Celsius, the words “Winter Is Here” appear ominously.

Whisky tastings were held throughout the evening, hosted by National Johnnie Walker Ambassador Simon McGoram.

The recently-crowned ‘World’s Best Bartender’ Orlando Marzo (from Melbourne’s Lûmé restaurant) shared his recipe for his ‘Highgarden Fizz’, which combines White Walker with jasmine and strawberry syrup, yuzu soda and is topped with jasmine flowers.

Guests were served a number of whiskey cocktails and a canape style whisky-paired menu included Sydney rock oysters with fiery fermented Calabrian chili vinegar, a red wedding-style smoked red blood sausage by LPs Quality Meats, squid ink crackling evoking dragon skin, and slow cooked Wild Boar.

The event featured Game of Thrones-inspired blue coloured décor, including ice sculptures and candlelights. DJ Cassette kept the party going all night.

White Walker by Johnnie Walker is available across Australia at Dan Murphy’s and BWS and has an RRP of $65 for 700ml.

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