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Game of Thrones - Diageo Releases

Ganga
Expert Junior Junior Expert
Posted on 29-11-2018 at 16:33 pm

These just hit the market in the US.  Yeah, kind of gimmicky but it's a way to try something different from the distilleries.  I was wondering if these are available in Europe or any other markets in the world.  Also, for some reason, they hit the shelves in California at after market pricing.



Bart&Claudia
Member Senior Senior Member
Posted on 29-11-2018 at 23:51 pm

Ganga wrote:

These just hit the market in the US.  Yeah, kind of gimmicky but it's a way to try something different from the distilleries.  I was wondering if these are available in Europe or any other markets in the world.  Also, for some reason, they hit the shelves in California at after market pricing.




It's bizarre. There are large stocks. The prices are sometimes triple the RRP. I can't believe people would buy these bottles at these prices. 

Look at this: https://www.musthavemalts.com/product/lagavulin-game-of-thrones-house-lannister-9-years-old/

Get the hell out of here. Let's call these bastards out.  



Ganga
Expert Junior Junior Expert
Posted on 30-11-2018 at 03:59 am

Named and Shamed?  happy   As far as I can tell it isn't Diageo, it's the retailers themselves.

Bart&Claudia
Member Senior Senior Member
Posted on 30-11-2018 at 18:40 pm
Ganga wrote:

Named and Shamed?  happy   As far as I can tell it isn't Diageo, it's the retailers themselves.


That's what I meant. I've heard from instagram-friends who purchased at RRP in the States. Diageo is not to blame. 


 


WhiskeyCanuck
Newbie Newbie
Posted on 03-12-2018 at 23:20 pm

While technically not part of that series, I saw that the Johnnie Walker White Walker is available in Canada (at the LCBO at least) at pretty close to the same price as the JW Black (C$59 vs C$55), so at least not too much of a rip-off there.

huggy bear
Expert Senior Senior Expert
Posted on 07-12-2018 at 19:07 pm
Ganga wrote:

These just hit the market in the US.  Yeah, kind of gimmicky but it's a way to try something different from the distilleries.  I was wondering if these are available in Europe or any other markets in the world.  Also, for some reason, they hit the shelves in California at after market pricing.




some bottles will find its way in Belgium around feb. 

My Market
Ganga
Expert Junior Junior Expert
Posted on 11-12-2018 at 05:07 am

I found House Baratheon at a reasonable price!  

djmaxliving
Expert Junior Junior Expert
Posted on 12-12-2018 at 17:13 pm

Was looking at the new Oban release, retailers in the US & UK asking for £200 plus, wft. Just as well, I'm no fan of the TV show. Might try and get Lagavulin, if it is at an affordable priced.

Kirby
Expert Junior Junior Expert
Posted on 17-12-2018 at 00:30 am

We have almost 2 complete sets now and purchased all for reasonable prices.  We had some local stores send out "Pre-sale" offers for the complete set.  They all wanted between $450-$470 for the complete sets (before tax).  Other places that were selling bottles individually were way over priced.  We purchased the bottles individually from 2 separate liquor stores and completed them for about $375 total (including tax).   I am still short 1 Talisker to make the 2nd set complete.  It's gimmicky but the wife is really in to GOT and not at all into whisky so this is really her collection.  I purchased an additional Lagavulin to drink and it's average at best.  

Ganga
Expert Junior Junior Expert
Posted on 17-12-2018 at 02:58 am

Feedback has been the Laga 9 fits the price point but that is it


I'd like to complete a set.  We shall see.  

morgbug
Member Senior Senior Member
Posted on 28-01-2019 at 02:54 am

I wasn't planning on buying any of these simply because many line up alongside some pretty low end NAS offerings from Diageo that people otherwise wouldn't touch.  The only ones I was interested in were the Lagavulin and the Clynelish.  I managed to stumble into a Lagavulin at a not horrific price.  No intentions of completing the set.  

praisethepasta
Expert Junior Junior Expert
Posted on 28-01-2019 at 09:35 am
morgbug wrote:

I wasn't planning on buying any of these simply because many line up alongside some pretty low end NAS offerings from Diageo that people otherwise wouldn't touch.  The only ones I was interested in were the Lagavulin and the Clynelish.  I managed to stumble into a Lagavulin at a not horrific price.  No intentions of completing the set.  


same here, the laga and the clynelish cought my eye, not to bothered with the others. not shitting on those whiskies, but from what i've tasted from their standard ranges, I'm not willing to pay an extra € 15-20 just because they've got a cool packaging and label.

The turtle moves My Collection
PioManiac
Member Senior Senior Member
Posted on 30-01-2019 at 22:58 pm

I went to a GOT tasting event a week ago in Edmonton at the local Wine & Beyond. ($35)

Out of the Eight the only three on my short list I would consider purchasing were the  Clynelish, Oban and Lagavulin.


At the end of the two hour event we could pick just one to take home that day.

...but there were only 5 bottles of each available and I missed out on the Clynelish

(My favorite and the only one that was Cask Strength) So I went home with an Oban.


Sobey's Liquor (Alberta Canada) had them at 15% off (today only) so I grabbed another Oban ($82) and 2 Clynelish ($86 ea) , But sadly no Lagavulin to be found.

They sold out almost instantly city wide.


The official release date at Wine & Beyond is Friday Feb.1

So I may try to get a Lagavulin (or two).

  Edited on 30-01-2019 at 23:14 pm
morgbug
Member Senior Senior Member
Posted on 31-01-2019 at 02:27 am

PioManiac wrote:

I went to a GOT tasting event a week ago in Edmonton at the local Wine & Beyond. ($35)

Out of the Eight the only three on my short list I would consider purchasing were the  Clynelish, Oban and Lagavulin.


At the end of the two hour event we could pick just one to take home that day.

...but there were only 5 bottles of each available and I missed out on the Clynelish

(My favorite and the only one that was Cask Strength) So I went home with an Oban.


Sobey's Liquor (Alberta Canada) had them at 15% off (today only) so I grabbed another Oban ($82) and 2 Clynelish ($86 ea) , But sadly no Lagavulin to be found.

They sold out almost instantly city wide.


The official release date at Wine & Beyond is Friday Feb.1

So I may try to get a Lagavulin (or two).

You're still alive.  Color me pleased.  


Isn't the Oban just Little Bay rebranded?  I don't doubt it could taste good, but locally we sell the 14 for around the same amount as Little Bay which is NAS.  Mind you I recall Oban being quite pricey in Alberta (it's insane here, but quite a bit cheaper stateside, notably Minneapolis and Hawaii (Costco)).

PioManiac
Member Senior Senior Member
Posted on 31-01-2019 at 15:10 pm

Hey Mo'!


The Oban 14 is just under ~$100 when I can find it, Little Bay is about $10 less. I don't travel much, so locally that's about as good as it gets for me.

But the GOT Edition are going to be pretty scarce soon and I suspect their value to only go up...more so for fans of the series rather than real Scotch drinkers.  Kind of why I wanted two of each of my three favorites. One of each to enjoy with friends, one to keep sealed and wait it out to see what happens.

...not that I've ever sold a bottle before, usually end up drinking them.

I used to be pretty good at collecting, but lately I've become a much better Drinker wink

[EDIT]: I just secured two bottles of the Lagavulin, and a pair of Talisker's for pickup on the way home.


happy


Sláinte!


  Edited on 01-02-2019 at 01:50 am
Ganga
Expert Junior Junior Expert
Posted on 31-01-2019 at 23:32 pm

I have managed to put together 6 of the 8, mostly near the recommended price points.  I suspect that the prices will increase as we near the season but I'm not sure how much they'll increase at the conclusion.  Basically, the feedback is that they are average whiskies that you can get something similar for less.  


dram_on
Expert Junior Junior Expert
Posted on 01-02-2019 at 04:27 am

I've only recently saw the White Walker at a convenience store...havent run across the others yet but I dont plan on buying any...I'd rather go for the 12yo Laga while watching the Lannisters wreck more havoc...which reminds me that I need me another bottle...soon!

PioManiac
Member Senior Senior Member
Posted on 01-02-2019 at 05:41 am

The JW White Walker (blended) was complete rubbish (IMHO)

I sampled all my GOT bottles again tonight, first time since my first tasting of all 8 last week. No doubt in my mind now the Clynelish is the best of the 8. It almost reminds me of the cask strength 16 y/o Glenlivet Nadurra. One of my favorites (12 in my collection, but almost all gone now)  sad

https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/62209/glenlivet-ndurra


I'll pickup at least one more tomorrow

  Edited on 01-02-2019 at 05:44 am
morgbug
Member Senior Senior Member
Posted on 02-02-2019 at 08:23 am

The JW White Walker (blended) was complete rubbish (IMHO)

I sampled all my GOT bottles again tonight, first time since my first tasting of all 8 last week. No doubt in my mind now the Clynelish is the best of the 8. It almost reminds me of the cask strength 16 y/o Glenlivet Nadurra. One of my favorites (12 in my collection, but almost all gone now)  sad

https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/62209/glenlivet-ndurra


I'll pickup at least one more tomorrow

16 y/o Nadurra?  Ruh-roh.  Me need now.  

peatbogger
Specialist Specialist
Posted on 02-02-2019 at 20:00 pm

PioManiac wrote:

The JW White Walker (blended) was complete rubbish (IMHO)

I sampled all my GOT bottles again tonight, first time since my first tasting of all 8 last week. No doubt in my mind now the Clynelish is the best of the 8. It almost reminds me of the cask strength 16 y/o Glenlivet Nadurra. One of my favorites (12 in my collection, but almost all gone now)  sad

https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/62209/glenlivet-ndurra


I'll pickup at least one more tomorrow


I considered buying the White when I found it cheap, if for nothing else, just for the bottle.

Knowing myself I know it would lead to starting a collection of Johnnie specials, and no... I don't wanna go there wink

No regrets after seeing a few reviews that come to the same conclusion as you.

Described as harsh and chemical at room temp, and a little better but not quite up to Red when it's chilled to a point where it starts to thicken.

Maybe the filosophy of this bottle is that most non whisky drinkers buying it will do so because of the GoT connection and would not become a regular whisky buyer no matter what the content was, and seasoned buyers will know what little to expect and shy away or just buy it for the novelty.

I may be wrong, it might catch on with the snowball machine owners and the Haig crowd wink


karloff
Specialist Specialist
Posted on 02-02-2019 at 22:23 pm

I was watching a programme where this bloke had one of the best toy collections in the world and the sad thing about it was that most things he had and the most valuable where mint in box. In other words not been touched. As a drinker I couldn't give a toss about age, value, name  or rarity. What a  load of bollocks this range is. 

I'd rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy. Tom Waits
PioManiac
Member Senior Senior Member
Posted on 03-02-2019 at 03:59 am

..............

  Edited on 03-02-2019 at 08:24 am
Ganga
Expert Junior Junior Expert
Posted on 03-02-2019 at 07:22 am

I think the point that Karloff is trying to make is that the expectations are that most of these bottles are going to sit on someone's shelf or in their closet and no one will enjoy them.  For those that drink (and Karloff is one of them), the value in the whisky is the experience of having it.  Let me tell you, this week I will have the opportunity to experience many whiskies, some of which sell for over 6,000 GBPs.  The people I am going to be with will enjoy the whisky and not worry about what the value is.  


Karloff, If I am wrong about you please let me know.

peatbogger
Specialist Specialist
Posted on 07-02-2019 at 20:05 pm

The JW White Walker (blended) was complete rubbish (IMHO)


Someone clearly disagree with us and have scored it 100.

mrgood
Expert Junior Junior Expert
Posted on 08-02-2019 at 15:53 pm

peatbogger wrote:

PioManiac wrote:

The JW White Walker (blended) was complete rubbish (IMHO)


Someone clearly disagree with us and have scored it 100.

Incidentally, the user that robain highlighted on the Ridiculous Ratings thread as having put silly 100 ratings on some Xmas bottles currently has the highest rating on the White Walker... though it's entirely possible they're just a noobie and truly don't know what "good" is... or what "bad" is  happy

(The White Walker's 100 appears to be gone now... maybe you chased them away)

  Edited on 08-02-2019 at 15:54 pm
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