Inside The Secret ‘Game Of Thrones’ Bar at New York Comic Con
I stumbled into Westeros by accident this weekend and came face to face with a very friendly White Walker.
To celebrate the upcoming final season of Game of Thrones, Johnnie Walker is releasing a series of limited-edition single malt whiskeys. Each one is themed for a different House from the acclaimed HBO series. The first bottle is a blend called White Walker, inspired by the fearsome ice creatures that live in the Far North.
Johnnie Walker introduced their White Walker whiskey to Game of Thrones fans this weekend during New York Comic Con. A pop-up bar was constructed not far from the Javits Convention Center where fans were treated to an immersive experience that also included the very first taste of White Walker.
Entering the bar felt as if Winter had actually come. Ice crystals were scattered across the floors, tables and bar area. Bone-chilling smoke filled the dark space, with ominous blue lights, much like the ones that come from the eyes of a White Walker, illuminating the intimate sampling room.
Bottles of White Walker were on display, entombed in giant blocks of ice to demonstrate not only how cold the whiskey is supposed to be served but also to show off a cool feature of the limited edition bottle. Thanks to thermochromic ink on the label, when the whiskey is cold enough, Johnnie's eye glows as blue as a real White Walker.
As for the taste, this single malt blend has a pleasing blend of caramelized sugar, berries and a hint of vanilla. It's extremely drinkable, which I had to keep reminding myself after the third pour. I opted out of the complimentary photo op at the end of the bar and checked out a display of some of the upcoming limited edition single malts, each inspired by a different Game of Thrones House.
New York Comic Con is known for their cool, immersive experiences, and this one was right up there. While the pop-up Game Of Thrones bar is long gone, you can still get your hands on the whiskey. White Walker by Johnnie Walker is available for a limited time starting later this month.