Nose: Imminent hit of eucalyptus on the nose which grabs your attention in a second. It turns into a bubblegum character with cantaloupe, nutmeg and custard notes. Sweet peat blends into vanilla and oak. Finally sandal wood after some air. Palate: A sweet start with black peppers rushing to back. Mid palate has demerara, treacle, chocolate notes. Not chewy but not thin. There is a little bit of peppermint attack to the back. Finish: Short to medium long with baking spices and peppers.
Diageo finally introduced the long discussed Game Of Thrones Single Malt Whisky Collection. Since I knew what the whiskies were, I decided to buy Lagavulin 9 first, since it was an age I never tried from the well known distillery. Lagavulin 9 is assigned to House Lannister, which is known to always pay their debts.
Verdict is I like this whisky. I mean for what it is, you find a pleasant whisky with a different style of Lagavulin. I am pretty sure this whisky would have a big follower crowd if it wasn't a part of a gimmicky collection. Comparing it with Lagavulin 16 wouldn't be fair. But I am sure I will keep a bottle in my cabinet.
The other whiskies in the collection are:
Game of Thrones House Tully – Singleton of Glendullan Select; Around $30 for 750ml; ABV 40%
Game of Thrones House Stark – Dalwhinnie Winter’s Frost; Around $40 for 750ml; ABV 43%
Game of Thrones House Targaryen – Cardhu Gold Reserve; Around $40 for 750ml; ABV 40%
Game of Thrones House Greyjoy – Talisker Select Reserve; Around $45 for 750ml; ABV 45.8%
Game of Thrones House Baratheon – Royal Lochnagar 12 Year Old; Around $65 for 750ml; ABV 40%
Game of Thrones House Tyrell – Clynelish Reserve; Around $60 for 750ml; ABV 51.2%
Game of Thrones The Night’s Watch – Oban Bay Reserve; Around $63 for 750ml; ABV 43%
Update: Game of Thrones had a terrible final season and prices for all these 'limited' whiskies came down. $52 for this Lagavulin can be considered ok!