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Top Whisky Releases: April 2019

The surest way to warm your heart is with a nip of whisky.

April will bear witness to two fantastic limited-edition releases of scotch whisky. The first comes all the way from Ireland, honouring a mixed martial arts (MMA) world champion; and the second is a sprawling collection that celebrates the finale of the world’s most captivating TV series.

Conor McGregor’s Proper No. Twelve Irish Whiskey

Eire Born Spirits and its founder, Conor McGregor, have just launched their Proper No. Twelve Irish Whiskey in Australia. But we’ll let McGregor explain what makes this whisky worthy of your budding lips:

“This is a proper Irish whiskey from a proper Irishman made with Ireland’s best spring water, fine golden grain and single malt,” said McGregor. “It is pure liquid gold.”

“Many ask where the name Proper No. Twelve comes from,” he continued. “I was born and bred in the Dublin suburb of Crumlin, Dublin 12 – this is a proper Irish whiskey and being a “Dublin 12 Man” we named my brand Proper No. Twelve. My success can be traced from the lessons I learned growing up in D12, the values of loyalty and hard work. It is a brand made for all, not the select few. I respect other whiskeys, but we are coming in strong and with purpose. As of today, we have shipped close to 200,000 9-litre cases, an unprecedented level but only the beginning for me and my Proper team!”

As well as serving up some proper whisky, the company has also committed to donating $5 for every case sold to local first responders and emergency service organizations and charities – up to $1 million annually. The organizations will be identified for each country around the world and donations will go directly to specific countries where sales take place. The brand is now available in Ireland, the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia.

Proper No. Twelve’s first expression is a blend of golden grain and single malt. It is produced at the oldest distillery in Ireland in an area known for its rich soil and pure spring water. Proper No. Twelve is smooth and approachable with hints of vanilla, honey-like sweetness and toasted wood.

Game of Thrones Single Malt Scotch Whisky Collection

Winter is here, and to celebrate, Diageo and HBO have joined forces to bring you a Westerosi-worthy collection of whisky. The alcoholic assembly consists of seven Scotch whiskies, where six represent the iconic Houses of Westeros and the seventh stands for the Night’s Watch. Each whisky is an authentic taste of the Seven Kingdoms. To shake up the balance of power among the seven whiskies, Johnny Walker will bring back the White Walker by Johnny Walker for a limited time.

Diageo’s diverse range of distilleries in Scotland, much like the kingdoms in Westeros, each have their own unique characteristics and produce a distinctive whisky representative of its local territory. These similarities were the inspiration behind the collection, drawing an authentic storyline between each House and single malt pairing.

If you’re looking for inspiration on which whiskies to collect, there is no shortage of details behind each iconic pairing. For example, House Targaryen – Cardhu Gold Reserve is fuelled by the same fiery spirit of the fierce female leadership of Daenerys Targaryen, celebrating legendary women and their unwavering perseverance. The Cardhu Distillery was pioneered by Helen Cumming and her daughter-in-law Elizabeth during the 1800s, a time when the whisky industry was almost entirely male-dominated.

Meanwhile, royal lineage drives the iconic pairing for House Baratheon – Royal Lochnagar 12 Year Old. Similar to Robert Baratheon ruling the Seven Kingdoms upon the Iron Throne, Royal Lochnagar was deemed a whisky worthy of a royal family as it was granted a Royal Warrant after Queen Victoria and Prince Albert visited the distillery in 1848.

Collect all seven whiskies while stocks last, available for purchase at liquor stores nationwide. The list of 8 whiskies include:

  • House Stark – Dalwhinnie Winter’s Frost; RRP: $99.99 for 700ml; ABV 43%
  • House Tully – Singleton of Glendullan Select; RRP: $99.99 for 700ml; ABV 40%
  • House Targaryen – Cardhu Gold Reserve; RRP: $99.99 for 700ml; ABV 40%
  • House Lannister – Lagavulin 9 Year Old; RRP: $129.99 for 700ml; ABV 46%
  • The Night’s Watch – Oban Bay Reserve; RRP: $129.99 for 700ml; ABV 43%
  • House Greyjoy – Talisker Select Reserve; RRP: $99.99 for 700ml; ABV 45.8%
  • House Baratheon – Royal Lochnagar 12 Year Old; RRP: $129.99 for 700ml; ABV 40%
  • White Walker by Johnnie Walker – RRP: $64.99 for 700ml; ABV 41.7%
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