Johnnie Walker A Song of Fire

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Game of Thrones
40.8 % Vol.
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Added on
07 Jul 2019 6:13 pm by holborndrinker

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€ 34.24

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Whisky Reviews for Johnnie Walker A Song of Fire

9 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 74.72 points

  1. markjedi1 scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    Dragon’s Breath

    The second new Game of Thrones release, launched next to A song of Ice, is this A Song of Fire with the House Targaryen dragon on the label. It has a slightly higher ABV and the heart consists of Caol Ila. Nice color, it’s true. But most likely, like A Song of Ice, an entry level blend, meant to attract a new audience to whisky.

    On the nose – which you will need to leave to breathe for a minute to get rid of the initial rubber note – I detect caramel and vanilla, some toasted oak, roasted chestnut and cinnamon. Some milk chocolate with strawberry filling that precede a subtle smokiness. A fresh slice of roast beef. This is actually quite nice. My fantasy runs free and tells me this is what the breath of a dragon smells like.

    It is very creamy – undoubtedly thanks to the grain component, I’d say Cameronbridge – and sweet with a bit of spices in the guise of white pepper, nutmeg and cinnamon. Then some red fruit and chocolate. The smokiness from the nose is much more outspoken, which is good. The Caol Ila is doing its job.

    The finish lifts it to a higher level than its predecessors. Warm, spicy, waxy and surprisingly long.

    It’s no stunner. Nor cheap. But this is one I would not mind offering to visitors – with our without the Coca Cola Signature Mixer ‘Smoky’.

  2. Malthead19 scored this whisky 65 points Connoisseur

    - Representatives of the "dragon team" can be recognized by the slight smoke touch
    - Reminiscent of the Black Label 12 y
    - Thanks to the smoke, the blend is spiced up a little
    - find this one of the 3 GoT offshoots by JW as "best" (if not really convincing)
    - but for the price I would rather buy the 12 year old BLACK LABEL (not so nice bottle, but better taste)
    • Nose
      slightly smoky touch, malt and oak behind
      (some Caol Ila feeling)
    • Taste
      smoky-sour anticipation, honey, toffee, cold smoke
    • Finish
      medium-long aromatic finish;
      medium-long spicy-smoky aftertaste

  3. GJR scored this whisky 68 points Connoisseur

    Caol Ila as the heart of this blend.
    • Nose
      65 65
      Very very closed. Needs a lot of time. After a while there are very subtile hints of grain, vanille, caramel. No Caol ila or anything else near that.
    • Taste
      70 70
      A this is getting better, in the way that finally (again after a bit of time) there are some hints of Caol Ila shining through. Coastal fire, smoked food, but grainy sweetness overpowers. Not that balanced.
    • Finish
      70 70
      The finish is a bit more peat driven but very short and simple.

  4. MarcinCh scored this whisky 76 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      77 77
      Sweet. Caramel. Vanilla. Maple syrup. Lots of vanilla. A pinch of spices with a deep breath. It is not too complicated.
    • Taste
      79 79
      Light sweetness. Caramel. Then spices. Pepper. There is smoke. Pretty sweet. Light herbal notes. Something like maple syrup again. Traces of oak.
    • Finish
      73 73
      Sweetness. Vanilla. Light smoke. Some spices. White pepper. A slight warm feeling. Some honey. More spices the second time. Sharper finish. Medium-length finish.

  5. TsiAI scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    Creamy, relatively light, blending brings a certain smoothness, but the body is still very problematic

  6. AntonArkhipov scored this whisky 72 points Member Senior

    Balanced shit
    • Nose
      Inexpressive aroma, subtle smoke and salt. Very bad nose
    • Taste
      Liquid and not expressive taste
    • Finish
      Exhaled peat, short aftertaste.

  7. thewhiskeyjug scored this whisky 50 points Expert Junior

    Aroma is light and sweet, for being a Song of Fire there isn’t much fire here – Johnnie Walker Black is smokier than this; Palate is also oddly sweet and heavily grainy with only the lightest amount of smoke; Finish is sweet, grainy and where the smoke, light as it is, shows the most. This is not very good.

  8. schengel10 scored this whisky 65 points Connoisseur

    As with the ICE, a great marketing campaign, a nice bottle and an interesting, pleasant to drink blend - but - better average;
    The 12 year old JW offers more!
    • Nose
      slightly fruity (oranges?), light peat smoke, fine spice, oak;
    • Taste
      sweet and fruity in the beginning, then oak, light, gentle smoke;
    • Finish
      at best medium length and spicy; fine smoke aromas vibrate in the aftertaste;

  9. Wolv scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      77 77
      at first barely noticable hints of spices, vanilla and caramel,
      later I managed to find oak, roasted almonds and cinnamon
    • Taste
      79 79
      flavours of nutmeg, caramel, beewax, white pepper and almonds
    • Finish
      78 78
      medium-long, warm and spicy


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