We here at WhiskyBeans have been out of the loop for a while: Busy at work, busy on holiday, busy travelling for work, etc. You get the gist.
We have also been playing a lot of games recently, which are always a massive time sink, so I thought why not combine the two and write about a combination that we truly love: Whisky and Video Games! The idea is to bring together one game and a whisky (or two) that would complement it the best.
I think it’s a brilliant idea, so here we go!
First up is Guild Wars 2, a massive online game waiting for its first big expansion (Heart of Thorns) after the game’s initial launch back in 2012. What I love about the game is how diverse it is, as you can be casual, run dungeons, level up your characters, run around the world exploring views and wonders, gathering materials and crafting various legendary items. Or simply put: Have a wonderful time just as you like it, without a subscription fee!
Anyway, here is where the whisky comes in: I want to have a whisky like Guild Wars 2. It’s there when you need it, it’s just what you need, and you can put it away and come back to it after a while and it will still be great. Something for each playable character class.
They enter combat fast, burning everything in their wake, only to disappear into the horizon as fast as they appeared. Only the smoking footsteps remain.
Very strong and yet elegant with a smoky aftermath. Something like the Talisker 57° North.
Now you see me, now you don’t, now you see me triple! Mesmers are full of wonders, and so is the whisky I associate with my favourite character class.
Coy, alluring, mesmerising, multi-level – A whisky full of surprises. Dalmore Vintage 1995 Castle Leod.
Gone before you know it. You remember the one time someone hit you in WvW, but you had no idea who it was and they were gone in a cloud of smoke in the blink of an eye? Whizzing blades and poison, the thief is a single hit wonder. You will always remember it, akin to the Ardbeg Uigeadail.
Sturdy and reliable. The one you will always want to have in your group, a reassuring and solid presence. Reflect, heal, assist your friends and wear down your opponent.
Something a bit like the Auchentoshan Three Wood.
Summoner of the dead, master of deadly conditions. Doesn’t sound very inviting to match a whisky with? Necromancers are also great in a group, supporting their fellow group members by consuming deadly poison and other illnesses. You could say they are the mender of the group in the trickiest of moments. But they are the masters of their deadly art, perfect to be paired with the Bruichladdich Black Art (4).
Lover of nature, close to their companion animal, master of the battle from a distance. Bring in a hint of fresh winds from the sea and the perfect choice for the Ranger is an Old Pulteney, in this case the Old Pulteney Navigator.
Mighty and vigorous. Supporting the group amidst battle, the warrior is one you can see and hear from afar. Everyone has one.
A bit like the Laphroaig Quarter Cask.
Fire and flame, bombs and grenades, elixir of life! The engineer is a jack of all trades, master of the turrets, great in a group or own their own. For tinkerers and thinkers, an “enigmatic and defiant” whisky will suit the best, such as the Bruichladdich Octomore.
Thank you for reading! Let us know what you would pair with your favourite character in the comments or by tweeting us at @Whiskybeans!
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