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Overall rating
75.48/100
votes
172
Category
Blend
Bottler
John Walker & Sons (JW&S)
Bottling serie
Limited Edition
Bottled
2018
Strength
41.7 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 700 ml 750 ml 1000 ml
Label
Game of Thrones
Bottle code
L8246LT014
Barcode
088076182783
Added on
02 Oct 2018 9:36 am by Dirk
Chillfiltered

Average value

€ 44,08

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172 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Johnnie Walker White Walker

7 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 75.48 points

  1. markjedi1 scored this whisky 77 points Connoisseur

    Winter is Here
    If you are a fan of the awesome Game of Thrones series, I guess you just have to try this bottle, no? The idea and packaging look great, the timing is a bit off though. The last season of GOT aired over a year ago and the final season is only for next year. Look at it this way: Johnnie Walker keeps us interested while we wait, with this special White Walker edition at 41.7%. The bottle carries the recommendation to pour it from the freezer, so that’s what we’ll do, but in the meantime, I’ll also pour a glass from the shelf. Because cooling whisky is really not my thing. Remember Dalwhinnie Winter’s Gold or The Snow Grouse? Not my cuppa.

    FREEZER

    The nose… err… wait for it… err… what nose? I smell nothing! This reminds me of a vodka, actually. Only after a few moments – perhaps that’s the ice reveal mentioned on the label? – I get lots of grain whisky with that typical chemical sweetness and a truckload of caramel and vanilla. Nothing else happens. Quite a disappointment.

    It’s icy cold (doh!), but quite fat. I like that mouth feel, but taste wise we back to square one: chemical sweetness, a lot of caramel, vanilla and just a tiny bit of fruit. Think banana and mango. Luckily some spices kick in to give it some life. But again, this is more a vodka than a whisky, in my book. Pity.

    There is hardly any finish at this low temperature. Sweet and spicy, but very short.

    SHELF

    At room temperature the nose is much more expressive. That does not mean it is much better. The aromas are just larger, but more of the same. Although I do get some pleasant notes of red berries, mango and gooseberries, while the sweetness of the grain is a lot less dominant. Caramel and vanilla abound though. The chemical sweetness is barely there anymore, which is a good thing. A fresh mentholated note rounds things out. Much better, but still far from grand.

    Quite oily, but no longer fat. That’s ok. This is much rounder and spicier (more outspoken on cinnamon, cloves and a pinch of pepper), but I cannot really call this fruity. Sweet, sure, but only from caramel and vanilla. Hint of chocolate, if you use your imagination and work hard at it.

    The finish is medium long, but quickly turns back to that typical grain whisky sweetness.

    I am baffled as to why it is recommended to serve this from the freezer, for it tastes very poor then. At room temperature I find it to be okay-ish, but far from grand. And the ‘icy reveal’ is nothing more than the text ‘Winter is here’ that appears on the side of the bottle when cooled, thanks to the use of thermochromatic ink on the label. Around 40 EUR. Nice collectors’ item, but nothing more. Probably just enough to warm the Night’s Watch…

  2. Cubey666 scored this whisky 70 points Connoisseur

    Let's see if this White Walker does its name honour, since the white walkers are known as the Others in the books... or is it more like the other walkers?
    • Nose
      72 72
      Initially very sweet, straw, vanilla, artificial cherry candies and a bit of metallic off tone that younger grains sometimes have
    • Taste
      69 69
      Not much like the note. rather spicy and bitter. bit hard wood driven as well. the sweet is still present in the background.
    • Finish
      70 70
      rather dry and bitter. not that long. some green appels and custard.

  3. thijs100 scored this whisky 69 points Connoisseur

    The nose is okay, but this falls flat on its face once you take a sip. Maybe there's a reason this is supposed to be chilled.
    • Nose
      Pretty chemical. There's some fruit, mainly in the citrus arena, like grapefruit. Hints of charcoal embers, and a pretty grain forward profile indeed. Caramel and vanilla round out an overall sweetness.
    • Taste
      Pretty spicy (cloves, pepper, nutmeg) and bitter. A note of charred oak is also pretty present, with the faintest possible hint of smoke.
    • Finish
      Caramel, spices, a hint of apple. Short.

  4. Falnor scored this whisky 69 points Connoisseur

    'The White Walkers are thousands of years old, coming from the time preceding the Age of Heroes. Born of powerful and untested magic'
    Well let's see if this Game of Thrones Johnie walker version has such depth, power and magic as well. The packaging looks very nice, the gimmick of putting this dram on ice is just reason enough in Westeros to get your head chopped off.
    • Nose
      70 70
      The nose is really okay. Lots of sweetness from cotton candy and added sugar or artificial sweetners. After that a very lemonade like raspberry and those peach candies. Cookies and some straw.
    • Taste
      71 71
      With caramels and vanilla instead of the sugar better, but still the not so fresh lemonade. The apple somewhat balances against the sweetness. Some creamy butterscoth and custardpudding.
    • Finish
      66 66
      In the finish this dram breaks down. The grain takes over with coconutmilk and not the good kind of creamy. Grapefruit leaves it as bitter as some of the deaths in Game of Thrones.

  5. Hvdree scored this whisky 75 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      73 73
    • Taste
      77 77
    • Finish
      75 75

  6. ctu scored this whisky 75 points Connoisseur

    Better than Red Label, but I recommend it to collectors or parties!
    • Nose
      75 75
      Caramel, forest fruits, lacquered wood and vanilla.
    • Taste
      76 76
      Green apple, herbals, grass, paraffin and nutmeg.
    • Finish
      75 75
      Short, spicy and dry.

  7. thatcher2000 scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Great and fruity in the nose. The taste starts promising but is fading away fast.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Vanilla, coconut, ananas, green apple
    • Taste
      81 81
      toffee, young wood, gras and light fruits
    • Finish
      79 79
      medium and spicey, the malts prevail over the grain part

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