1. Game of Thrones House Stark Dalwhinnie Winter's Frost

    Proof
    Size750mL
    Situated along the Grampian Mountains in the Highlands region of Scotland, Dalwhinnie Distillery was founded in 1897 by John Grant, and was originally named Strathspey Distillery. In 1898, Grant declared bankruptcy and sold the distillery to AP Blyth, who renamed the distillery Dalwhinnie. The name, which roughly translates to "meeting place" in ancient Gaelic, is a reference to the cattle farmers who would pause at Dalwhinnie on their journey south to the cattle markets in Crieff and Falkirk.

    Dalwhinnie Single Malt Scotch Whisky is made exclusively from freshly harvested, plump barley, which is milled and mashed with water sourced from Lochan an Doire Uaine (meaning "Loch of the Green Thicket"). The pure spring water, which travels through local peat before reaching the loch (the loch itself is situated 2,000 feet above sea level), imparts a soft yet subtle complexity to the whisky. Since no other distillery may legally use water drawn from Lochan an Doire Uaine, no other distillery is able to replicate the unique, malty-sweet taste of Dalwhinnie Single Malt Scotch Whisky.

    After the barley has been milled and mashed, it is fermented in the distillery's original, wooden washbacks. While wooden washbacks are more expensive and difficult to maintain as compared to stainless steel washbacks, they absorb a portion of the heat generated during fermentation, and thus, enable a slower and longer fermentation process. Following fermentation, the wash is distilled twice, first through Dalwhinnie's copper-pot wash still, and then again through its copper-pot spirit still.

    The smash-hit series Game of Thrones has teamed up with spirits giant Diageo, to create eight rare Scotches inspired by the royal Houses of Westeros. In honor of the eight and final season of the Emmy-winning show each bottle tells the tale of each of the Seven Kingdoms. These iconic whiskies serve as must-have collectibles for Game of Thrones and whisky adorers.

    House Stark’s resiliency, strength and ability to thrive under the most intense situations are greatly shaped by Winterfell’s frigid temperatures. Dalwhinnie, known for being one of the highest distilleries in all of Scotland, is cold and remote much like The North where House Stark calls home, making the two an iconic pairing. Extreme conditions are responsible for shaping the signature Dalwhinnie Winter’s Frost honeyed sweetness and spicy warmth.

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    Honeyed sweetness and spicy warmth. The palate delivers sweet notes of honey and fresh fig followed by maltiness and decadent fruit cake.
    $52.99
  2. The Dalmore King Alexander III Single Malt Scotch Whisky

    Proof80 (40% ABV)
    Size750mL
    Situated along the banks of Cromarty Firth in the Highlands region of Scotland, Dalmore Distillery was founded in 1839 by Alexander Matheson, who had earned his fortune illegally importing opium from the Far East. In 1886, Matheson sold Dalmore Distillery to Clan MacKenzie, whose century-long stewardship and defining influence over the distillery is still evident today — the 12-point stag adorned on every bottle of Dalmore Distillery Whisky is derived from Clan MacKenzie's coat of arms.

    Dalmore Distillery Single Malt Scotch Whisky is made from plump, golden barley sourced from the rich, coastal soils of the Black Isle. Once the barley has been harvested, it is milled and mashed before being fermented with water drawn from the Cromarty Firth. Prior to reaching the firth, however, the water travels from Loch Morie through a number of peat bogs and limestone quarries, and thus, contributes a slightly mineral and chewy mouthfeel to the whisky.

    Once the barley has been fermented, the wash is distilled twice, first through Dalmore Distillery's copper-pot wash stills and then again through its copper-pot spirit stills. The wash stills have an unusually flat-top, while the spirit stills are equipped with cold water jackets. This unusual equipment — the water jackets rinse cold water near the top of the still — makes it difficult for the lighter elements of the whisky to pass through the still, and ultimately results in a more opulent and rich whisky.

    Dalmore Distillery King Alexander III Single Malt Scotch Whisky takes its name of an act of heroism that occurred in 1263 — during a hunting trip with King Alexander III, a member of Clan MacKenzie saved the King from being attacked by a charging stag. The whisky is matured in six different types of casks: used bourbon casks, marsala barrels, madera drums, French wine barriques, port pipes and sherry butts. As a result of this complex aging process, the whisky has an aroma of oranges, tangerines and dark plums. The initial notes of baking spices, coffee and citrus give way to notes of cherries, cranberries, and oranges and lead to a glorious, ever-lasting finish.

    Dalmore Distillery King Alexander III Single Malt Scotch Whisky earned a Gold Medal in the 2019 International Wine & Spirits Competition.

    The single malt whisky represents a lush and opulent expression from one of the oldest and most prestigious Scottish distilleries.

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    Aroma of red berry fruits and a hint of passion fruit. Critrus zest, vanilla, caramel and almonds on the palate, followed by a cinnamon finish with a hint of ginger and nutmeg.
    $332.99
  3. Aberlour A'bunadh Single Malt Scotch Whisky

    Proof123 (61.5% ABV) ~ May vary
    Size750mL
    Rating:
    96%
    (3)
    Founded in 1879 by James Fleming, a son of a local tenant farmer, Aberlour Distillery is situated at the confluence of the Lour and Spey rivers in Strathspey, Scotland. In 1898, just three years after Fleming passed away, a fire consumed several of the distillery's buildings and most of its inventory of whisky. Under the supervision of Charles Doig, however (one of Scotland's foremost designers of whisky distilleries at the time), Aberlour Distillery was rebuilt.

    In 1975, legend has it that workers were installing a second pair of stills at Aberlour Distillery. During the installation process, the workers discovered a time capsule buried beneath a nameplate they were forced to remove. The time capsule contained an 1898 newspaper article about the distillery fire, which was wrapped around an 1898 bottle of Aberlour Scotch Whisky. Although the workmen drank nearly the entire bottle during their lunch break, a small portion of the whisky from the bottle was preserved and sent to a laboratory in Keith, Scotland for analysis. Aberlour A'bunadh Single Malt Scotch Whisky is a tribute to that 1898 bottle of Scotch.

    Released in limited-run batches, the whisky is matured in Spanish oak casks previously used to age Oloroso sherry, a dark and nutty type of fortified wine. The Oloroso sherry casks, which are some of the rarest and most precious casks used for maturation, impart subtle yet sweet notes of dried fruits and caramel to the whisky, and add an incredible layer of complexity.

    After maturation, the non-chill filtered whisky is bottled at cask strength (it is never diluted with water) in bottles reminiscent of old apothecary bottles used by 19th century villagers to collect Scotch directly from barrels.

    Aberlour A'bunadh (which is Scottish Gaelic for "origin") has a slightly smoky aroma with hints of red apples and caramel. It has a rich mouthfeel, and a buttery, creamy palate. The initial flavors of chocolate, cherries and dried fruits blend with hints of honey and spice and lead to a lingering finish that is robust and intense. A'bunadh earned the highest recommendation from Wine Enthusiast and the title "Best in Class"at the Speyside Whisky Festival Awards in 2011.

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    Deep, rich amber color with an aroma of red apples, caramel and spiced oranges. Initial flavors of dark chocolate, cherries, ginger and dried fruits are enriched with hints of sherry and oak. Mid-palate has more honey and spices and leads to a robust finish with notes of exotic spices and oak.
    $89.99
  4. Mackinlay's Shackleton Blended Malt Scotch Whisky

    Proof80 (40% ABV)
    Size750mL
    Rating:
    97%
    (2)
    Launched by independent bottlers Whyte & Mackay this blended malt whisky is inspired by legendary polar explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton. Inspired by the three cases of Scotch discovered, frozen into the ice beneath Shackleton’s base camp at Cape Royds.

    To bolster team moral on his Antarctic expedition (Nimrod, 1907), Sir Ernest Shackleton brought aboard 25 cases of Mackinlay’s Rare Old Highland Malt Whisky. The case was discovered in 2007 a century later, the 11 bottles perfectly preserved. The bottles were excavated and flown to New Zealand where they were carefully thawed by the New Zealand Antarctic Heritage Trust. The whisky is now on display at the public gallery at Canterbury Museum.

    World-renowned Master Blender, Richard Paterson meticulously analyzed the antique whisky to re-create the Shackleton spirit, using it as the foundation of this modern whisky. After much scientific analysis of the salvaged bottles, it was discovered that the original Mackinlay’s was actually a single malt distilled at Glen Mhor in Inverness, matured in American oak Sherry casks and bottled at 47.3% ABV. The whisky has a subtle smoky character from the use of Orkney peat to dry the barley.

    This Shackleton whisky is comprised of a selection of Highland single malts, which were married in a combination of ex-bourbon American white oak barrels and Spanish Sherry butts. The result is a beautiful reenactment, with subtly peaty notes and a rich complex flavor profile of smooth vanilla, glazed fruits and a whisper of bonfire smoke.

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    Smooth vanilla, toffee, apple pie and ginger on the nose. The palate is decadent with dark sugar, sweet dried fruit, glazed pineapple, hot mulled wine, and chocolate followed by a final whisper of bonfire smoke on the finish.
    $39.99
  5. Glenfiddich Excellence 26 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky

    Proof86 (43% ABV)
    Size750mL
    In 1886, William Grant, along with the help of his nine children and a single stone mason, began construction of the Glenfiddich Distillery, situated in the Speyside region of Scotland. After a year of hard labor, the first drop of whisky fell from the distillery's copper-pot stills on Christmas Day 1887. Today, Grant's passion, determination and pioneering spirit continue to guide Glenfiddich Distillery, which is stewarded by the fifth generation of the Grant family.

    Glenfiddich Excellence 26 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky was created to honor the distillery’s long, continuous line of family ownership since its founding by William Grant in 1887. Glenfiddich Age of Discovery is matured for over a quarter century exclusively in American Oak, ex-bourbon casks straight from Kentucky. The “Quercus Alba” wood used in these casks imparts subtle spices and vanilla notes throughout the aging process, and contributes to an overall soft and delicate whisky.

    Glenfiddich Excellence 26 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky has a rich golden color, along with an intense nose filled with apricots, orange blossoms and floral notes reminiscent of a fresh rain. The aroma gives way to a powerful body with honey, almonds, leather and fresh oak, and leads to a delicate and complex. Glenfiddich Age of Discovery earned the Gold Medal at the International Wine and Spirits Competition in 2013, and was just released to the United States.

    “(Excellence) goes a little against preconceived notions of very old whiskies, which are more often associated with flavors like chocolate and coffee,” says brand ambassador Struan Grant Ralph. “This is very light, and shows a lot of subtle flavors.”

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    Rich golden color. Intense nose filled with apricots, orange blossoms and floral notes reminiscent of a fresh rain. Aroma gives way to a powerful body with honey, almonds, leather and fresh oak, and leads to a delicate and complex.
    $640.99
  6. Highland Park Viking Pride 18 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky

    Proof86 (43% ABV)
    Size750mL
    Rating:
    93%
    (1)
    Situated in the Orkney archipelago in Northern Scotland, Highland Park Distillery was founded in 1798 by Magnus Eunson. The name of the distillery is derived not from the region of Scotland known as The Highlands — the Orkney islands are not a part of The Highlands — but rather from the region known as High Park, where the distillery was founded. Highland Park is an incredible longstanding whisky house, and they pride themselves on their rich Norse heritage, an essence which is reflected in their craft.

    Today, over two centuries after its founding, Highland Park Distillery remains one of the few Scottish distilleries that continues to hand-turn, malt, and peat its own barley. "You have to be careful here on the malting floor," says Eric Tait, Highland Park's Maltman. "You find it can get a wee bit slippery underneath. I have to turn the malt every eight hours to prevent the roots getting tangled and to get it all aerated properly. The airing also helps it to grow. The malt will be on the floor for seven days, and I'm running five floors at the moment."

    After malting the barley, Highland Park Distillery smokes it using peat sourced from Hobbister Moor, a peat bog located approximately seven miles from the distillery. Hobbister Moor peat is sourced from floral heather bushes, which burn hotter and cleaner than the grassy peats of Islay. Also, the peat sourced from Hobbister Moor has greater derivatives of carbohydrates and a lower concentration of lignin than peat from Islay, giving Highland Park's peat a unique chemical fingerprint.

    The peat sourced from Hobbister Moor is "absolutely fundamental in understanding the flavor of Highland Park Whisky," says Russell Anderson, the distillery manager. Together with Orkney's unique environment (the temperate, moist climate of the archipelago results in an even maturation process), the peat gives Highland Park Whisky its traditional malty flavors that are tempered by just a subtle touch of smoke.

    A master class of balance, complexity, and refinement, you don’t have to dig deeply into the Scotch industry to discover this Highland Park 18 Year Old is often considered one of its very finest. It earned the Chairman’s Trophy for Best Island Single Malt Scotch Whisky in 2018 and 2019 before it was retired from competitions, and it was rated the best spirit in the world by F. Paul Pacult (founder of the Spirit Journal), who said "it fits my profile of what makes a perfect whisky, which is to say it's totally in harmony; there are no rough edges and everything is melded together brilliantly." In addition, it has been named ‘The Best Spirit in the World’ three times.

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    Dark amber color, along with an aroma of ripe cherry, cocoa nibs, and campfire smoke. Aroma gives way to notes of dark chocolate, heather honey, and stone fruit on the palate, which are well-balanced by a subtle, smoky undertone that is accented with a hint of salty tang. Rich, long and luxurious finish with hints of espresso and smoke.
    $174.99
  7. Dewar's Double Double 32 Year Old Blended Scotch Whisky

    Proof92 (46% ABV)
    Size375mL
    In 1846, John Dewar began blending the finest whisky he could source in Scotland and bottling it with his own name on the label. Within a decade, Dewar was supplying whisky to bars and hotels throughout Scotland. By the turn of the century, the brand had expanded to become one of the best selling whiskies in the world and today remains the best-selling Scotch whisky in the United States.

    By the end of the 19th century, the famed Dewar's Aberfeldy Distillery became operational. Situated by the Pitilie Burn, the small river has served as a source of pure water to this day. After the malted Scottish barley is brought in, it is left to ferment for an extended period of time, before being distilled in tall pot stills. The Aberfeldy single malt that is produced here remains the heart of Dewar's blend today. The premises are open for tours and cask tasting with a whisky lounge and cafe on hand.

    Dewar's whisky is crafted by blending together "the rarest of rare whiskies from across Scotland." The backbone is that 27-year-old single malt whisky that is crafted at Aberfeldy Distillery. Once the 27-year-old is married together with other whiskies, the resulting blend is allowed to rest again in oak casks. This secondary maturation process "is a marriage made in heaven — ensuring our whiskies are even smoother and creamier," said Dewar's retired master blender Thomas Aitken. It's this great foundation and the signature "double aging" process that have made Dewar's the most awarded blended Scotch whisky in the world.

    The innovative and premium Double Double range was created by Dewar's Master Blender Stephanie MacLeod. This 32-year-old expression takes the matured single malt and grain whiskies and blends them, then lets each style age separately. Afterwards, both are blended together and re-casked. In the end, the liquid is transferred to Pedro Ximenez sherry casks for a round of finishing which imparts the glorious richness PX is known and loved for. The 4-sided bottle reflects the 4 stages of the aging process.

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    The nose opens with coffee, red wine, nuts, smoke, malt, and caramel notes. The rich and sweet palate continues with stone fruit, treacle, spice, and chocolate. Finishes with a whiff of smoke and floral notes as well as that fantastic sherry character.
    $198.99
  8. The Balvenie 14 Year Old Caribbean Cask Single Malt Scotch Whisky

    Proof86 (43% ABV)
    Size750mL
    Rating:
    100%
    (2)
    Born into poverty in December 1839, William Grant became a cattle herder at the age of 7 in order to supplement his family's income. As a teenager, Grant apprenticed as a cobbler and a clerk, and in 1866, he joined Mortlach Distillery as a bookkeeper. For the next two decades, Grant managed the affairs at the distillery, while secretly learning the art of distillation. In 1886, he resigned from his position as distillery manager and bought a field beneath the towering shadows of Balvenie Castle, which he eventually converted into The Balvenie Distillery. Today, The Balvenie Distillery, situated in the Speyside region of Scotland, remains one of the most prestigious independent distilleries in all of Scotland.

    The Balvenie Single Malt Whisky is made from fresh, plump barley grown on Balvenie Mains, a 1,000 acre farm situated adjacent to the distillery (the farm has been the distillery's source for barley for over a century). After the barley is harvested, it is malted at the distillery with spring water sourced from the rolling Speyside hills that overlook the distillery. During the malting process, the barley is turned up to four times a day in order to ensure that it germinates evenly (The Balvenie is the only single malt Scotch whisky distillery that continues to grow and malt its own barley).

    Once the barley has been malted, it is milled and mashed at the distillery before being fermented using a proprietary strain of yeast. Following fermentation, the wash is distilled twice, first through Balvenie's copper-pot wash still and then again through its copper-pot spirit still. "The most important reason for using a copper still," explains Dennis McBain, Balvenie's coppersmith, "is that it acts as a catalyst. It removes any sulphur which may be carried over from the fermentation process prior to distillation."McBain, who joined Balvenie Distillery in 1959, is one of the oldest coppersmiths remaining in the industry.

    In addition, the size and shape of Balvenie's stills — the stills' necks have unique boil balls that are nicknamed "Balvenie Bowls"- results in Balvenie's signature bold and malty flavor profile. "The size and shape of the boil ball allow for the vapors to mix before continuing up the head," explains McBain. "That helps make The Balvenie special."

    The Balvenie 14 Year Old Caribbean Cask Single Malt Scotch Whisky is aged in traditional oak casks for a minimum of fourteen years. Following its initial beautyrest, the Scotch whisky is double-barreled, or finished, in casks that were previously used to mature a Caribbean rum. While Scotch whiskies are traditionally finished in port or sherry casks, only a select handful of whiskies are finished in rum casks, as they impart more tropical flavors to whisky as compared to wine casks, and contribute to a more unique flavor profile.

    The Balvenie Caribbean Cask Single Malt Scotch Whisky has an aroma of sweet vanilla and toffee, along with a touch of candied fruits. The aroma gives way to notes of dried fruits (particularly pears), molasses and honeyed oak on the palate, which are well-complemented by hints of mellow caramel and butterscotch. The finish is soft and elegant, and ends with with a lingering flavor.

    The whisky earned the Double Gold Medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition in 2011, and earned the Gold Medal at the International Review of Spirits Competition. In addition, it earned a score of 91 points from the Beverage Testing Institute.

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    Aroma of sweet vanilla and toffee, along with a touch of candied fruits. Notes of dried fruits (particularly pears), molasses and honeyed oak on the palate, which are well-complemented by hints of mellow caramel and butterscotch. Finish is soft and elegant, and ends with with a lingering flavor.
    $89.99
  9. Bruichladdich The Classic Laddie Unpeated Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky

    Proof100 (50% ABV)
    Size750mL
    Rating:
    98%
    (6)
    Inspired by an entrepreneurial flair and a youthful enthusiasm, the Harvey brothers began construction of the Bruichladdich (pronounced brook-laddie or broo-lah-dee) Distillery in 1881. For five decades, the brothers — descendants of a dynastic whisky family — owned and operated the distillery. Following the death of William Harvey in 1936, however, the distillery changed hands a number of times and was shut down in 1994, seemingly forever. In 2000, the distillery was purchased by a group of investors led by Mark Reynier and Murray McDavid. Together, the pair convinced Jim McEwan, who had been working at Bowmore Distillery since the age of 15, to join Bruichladdich as master distiller.

    Today, McEwan's incredible work ethic and creative vision have made Bruichladdich Distillery one of the most exciting and innovative distilleries in Scotland.

    Bruichladdich Single Malt Whisky is made exclusively from unpeated barley grown on 23 different farms in Scotland. After the grains are milled and mashed, they are fermented in the distillery's original washbacks, which are made of Douglas Fir. The wood from the washbacks absorbs heat generated during fermentation, and allows for a longer, slower fermentation process as compared to steel, resulting in a more flavorful and rich whisky.

    After fermentation, the wash is distilled twice through Bruichladdich's 130 year-old, 20-foot tall, diamond-shaped stills. The Victorian-era stills produce whisky that is notably floral and elegant.

    The Classic Laddie is "our signature bottling and the definitive Bruichladdich," says McEwan. Trickle distilled and matured for its entire life in American oak casks that were previously used to mature bourbon, the whisky has an aroma of green apples, stewed berries and biscuits. The aroma gives way to notes of citrus, melon, vanilla and salted caramel on the palate, and finishes with a touch chocolate, honey and earl gray tea.

    This whisky "is a testament to the quality of our ingredients," says McEwan.

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    Aroma of green apples, stewed berries and biscuits. Notes of citrus, melon, vanilla and salted caramel on the palate. Finishes with a touch chocolate, honey and earl gray tea.
    $61.99
  10. Craigellachie 13 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky

    Proof92 (46% ABV)
    Size750mL
    Located in the heart of Speyside, at the confluence of the rivers Fiddich and Spey, Craigellachie Distillery takes its name from the town of Craigellachie, which literally means "rocky hill." Situated on a cliff that overlooks the river Spey, the town of Craigellachie dates back to the early 18th century, and the distillery itself was built by a group of blenders and merchants in 1891. Designed by then-famous architect Charles Doig, Craigellachie Distillery reflects the rustic, adventurous attitude of the mountains on which it was built, and has been described since its earliest days as "old-fashioned."

    Craigellachie Single Malt Scotch Whisky is crafted from malted barley and pure spring water sourced from a spring on nearby Little Convall Hill. The malt is prepared in a wood-fired kiln before being triple-distilled through Craigellachie’s two spirit stills — finally, the distillery uses rare worm tub condensers to impart unusually strong flavors unto the whisky.

    "Craigellachie has always been the problem child for us in that’s it’s sulphury and meaty," says Stephen Marshall, a global marketing manager for the brand. "It’s difficult for other companies to take. We’ve been sitting on stocks of it without realizing how good it was; it’s really good stuff."

    Craigellachie 13 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky is part of the Last Great Malts Collection from Dewar’s, and it has been carefully selected by Master Blender Stephanie Macleod to showcase the very best of Craigellachie’s distinct character, which has been said to demonstrate the best elements of Speyside, both dark and light. The whisky has straw gold color and a bold, peppery aroma that is bolstered by stone fruits, cloves, vanilla and marshlands. The palate is hearty, filled with lively notes of melon, honeysuckle, toffee and burnt wood, and leads to a complex finish, with additional notes of charred oak, apricots and rustic earth.

    The Craigellachie range was dubbed one of the "Best New Launches" at the 2015 World Whisky Awards.

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    Straw gold color and a bold, peppery aroma that is bolstered by stone fruits, cloves, vanilla and marshlands. The palate is hearty, filled with lively notes of melon, honeysuckle, toffee and burnt wood, and leads to a complex finish, with additional notes of charred oak, apricots and rustic earth.
    $63.99
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