Winter is coming once again and this time it's the final countdown to the war between Westeros and those pesky ice-zombies. To alleviate the period of waiting, HBO teamed up with DIAGEO, forged eight rare Scotches and paired them with the royal Houses of Westeros. Each bottle tells a wonderful story about one of the Seven Kingdoms and each has a character so unique, we're afraid the Writer might kill it off. It's time to bring some medieval intrigue to your home bar and hum the intro theme.
The flask adorned with a roaring royal lion evokes the riches of King's Landing and the lavish lifestyle of the Lannisters. The ancient Islay distillery of Lagavulin is a perfect choice to celebrate the persistent and crafty royal family that shares a motto with Katy Perry, saying "Hear Me Roar!" A Lannister supposedly always pays his debts, but one thing is for sure: a Lagavulin always makes your day. And we're 100% positive what Tyrion sips in Red Keep isn't wine but a Scottish Water of Life.
Lots of smoke up front but it mellows out and has a solid flavor.
Not quite as smoky but more wood and burn than 16
I’ve had Islay single malt before, but none exploded in my mouth with such a peaty flavor like this. A little too overpowering for my taste.
heavy on the smokey notes, yet still pretty smooth. I'm not sure this would be my first choice of a scotch, but I would enjoy this again.
Pretty smoky for me but still a smooth drink.
The nose is much smokier than the first taste, and then before you know it you’re into a slew of other flavors, none of which are overly bold. I was very pleased with how smooth it went down, but was looking for a little more bite at the end. This was my first Lagavulin and will not be my last.
As someone who prefers a more smokey, or savory scotch, this one was a bit too sweat for my taste. The marshmallow was a touch overpowering and left a sugary coating in my mouth. It had a bit of peat, but not enough to balance the sweetness. I give it 7 stars, because it's not a terrible scotch, it's just not quite to my taste.
Tastes like making out with winter green grizzly chew
Tastes like someone distilled scotch. Ran it through a campfire and put it in a bottle.
Rich in peat and smoke. Could be a first drink of the night, but the second. Very bold and packs a punch. I usually prefer something smoother.
I'm still new to the smoky side of scotch and fell in love with this one. On the nose you get a campfire on the beach. Taste is phenomenal. A little smoky with a sweet finish. Will definitely keep a spare bottle or two around.
Nice dram and an excellent value if you are looking for a fuller dry smoke. Smoke, ash, burnt sugars, and slightly medicinal with a long finish. I prefer the roundness of some other Isla whiskies such as, Arbeg An Oa, and Cao Ila 12 to this one but again its all in what you are looking for.
A classic Lagavulin, with all the hallmarks of the best a smoky peaty whiskey has to offer.
Smoke and peat but not overwhelming.
Lagavulin indeed, has all the smokey peat you’d expect + a nice add to the GoT collection
This is an exceptional Islay. Sweet smoke and balanced peat, ash and fruit.
Not quite as complex as the Offerman or the 16 year, but it has its own distinctive taste. More caramel and almost some peppercorn or something (can’t quite place it). At the ridiculously good price I paid ($40) it was a steal. Still worth it in the $70s.
Incredibly smokey, but really good
Especially good with some water drops in there
Not as much peat as I would have expected from Lagavulin with this age statement. Really it is just as much but with a smoother profile. A bit of water helps to wake it up even more.
Really enjoyed this bottle. I am a huge fan of peat.
Just not my thing. I can't taste much outside the peat. So aromatic, I have to move slowly into the glass. Too aggressive for my tastes.
Very powerful intense burn at the go, takes you by surprise And was difficult to taste anything else. But the longer it sits on the palate the more you taste and the flavors come out. Will take longer to get used to but definitely going to sip on this
Really good! Strong and powerful. A bit peaty, too less to my personal taste, but still excellent.
This whiskey could define balance. Honey, Vanilla, caramel, salt, and peat. One note I saw I can't stop thinking of : burnt marshmallow. I haven't had much of Lagavulin, but this 9 year old was readily available at the local store. Maybe paid a little more for the branding than I'd like but I have no regrets. Once it's empty I will definitely buy a 16. Terrific stuff.
Smoky with hints of banana, caramel, and vanilla. The smoke and spice linger. Not too bad.
Aroma is deep and inviting, nice smoke, smooth, rich, some sweetness. The smoke seems a bit musty for lack of a better word. The taste is good, seems richer and more buttery than other Lagavulin Scotch, but the smoke seems more like Johnnie Walker Black, where it's a bit ashy and dusty. A dash of water seems to tone down the sweetness and brings out the ash a bit more, I think it's better straight. I could see some people enjoying this, but for me it feels like a step back a little from other Lagavulins.
If you’re into the Smokey scotches...come no further! The smoke, pepper, and spice of this one reign supreme. It’s an excellent whisky and fitting tribute to the coat of gold, a coat of red, reminding the drinking the lion still has claws...
Banana that leads into burn with a dry mouth feel
Variety in nose and palate for an Islay. Subdued peat and smoke levels room for vanilla and sweet notes. Great balance.
I wish I could review this product but it’s been over a month since I bought and there is no update on the tracking number nor have I received the bottle. I’m pretty disappointed
Smoky, peaty and relatively smooth. A good sipping scotch that reminds me of how GoT ends
I love the smokiness this has
pretty tasty very similar to the other Lagavulin 9 this is a fantastic drink with a smooth smoky finish good caramel and banana notes as well
Smokey with smooth finish
Absolutely love this one
Hear this Lagavulin roar! I like it! In fact, I was skeptical of the 9 year old because I have had the 16 year old before (years ago), and I didn't like it then. I felt the peat was overpowering on the 16. But lo and behold, the 9 year-old is quite wonderful. The peat is not overpowering, and the smokiness is just right. The finish is quite smooth and luscious. I should have bought more of these bottles when they were readily available for $65. But now I see some places selling this bottle for $200 or more. Ouch!
Smoother and more flavorful than other Islay scotches I have tasted. May be my new favorite.
Almost as good as 16 year old
I really enjoyed it. First islay I have had. I felt like it made me mature to understand the taste and the complexity. Great buy. If you can find it buy it.
Really great. Very smooth. If you can find it; buy it.
Really nice! I don't watch GOT, but I like me some Lagavulin. So I got it (at retail) and feel like it was a great deal. Somewhere between the 8 and 16, to me it's more on the 16 side. Feels more mature than the 8, but not as refined as the 16.
Almost as good as 16 year old. Nice change of pace with some less matured whisky.
You will feel classy drinking it. Very rich and intense, with a sophisticated finish. Smokey but many other tones lurking in the smoke. It feels like a great match for house Lannister.
Not as good as the 16-Year, but it is an excellent Islay.
The 4th of the series that I've managed to find, and I love it. Islay fans will be pleased with this dram. Smoke on the nose, but not too thick. Perhaps a bit imposing on the tongue - but it is a 9 year-old, and clocks in at 46%...so that's to be expected. Vanilla and smoke, to be sure. And that signature islay finish - smokiness and salt air.