Set in an apocalyptic world where the dead feed off the living, society has crumbled to the verge of extinction. There is no government, no stores, no mail delivery, no cable TV. But luckily, there is bourbon. The Walking Dead Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey is a limited-edition offering under Spirits of the Apocalypse. Available in stores nationwide beginning this October, the bourbon is good enough for the living, and sought after by the dead.

The critically acclaimed comic continues to have a significant impact on popular culture even after its sudden, epic conclusion this past summer. This limited-edition whiskey offers diehard fans and collectors the opportunity to raise a glass to all 193 thrilling editions.

“The Walking Dead comic book series changed the game and launched a post-apocalyptic genre that continues to attract a massive, enthusiastic fan base,” said Dave McNulty, Senior Director of Culture, Entertainment and Partnerships at Diageo North America. “In partnering with Skybound Entertainment, we saw the opportunity for a new whiskey their adult fan base would covet. Skybound is a great partner and best-in-class at delivering unique experiences to their fans. We share a mindset of creativity first and real collaboration to bring forth fun, new products that pop in culture.”

This well-balanced bourbon features notes of rye and the essence of vanilla. With a soft caramel nose and aroma of orchard fruit, at 94 proof (47% ABV), The Walking Dead Whiskey is smooth, spicy and finishes with a light nuttiness, lingering sweetness and pleasant warmth. It’s best enjoyed neat, on the rocks or in a number of delicious cocktails, including Maggie’s “Lemonade” (bourbon, lemonade and peach tea garnished with mint and grilled peaches) and the Old Man Rick (bourbon, bitters and simple syrup served on the rocks with a lemon and orange twist).

“It’s been a joy to work on The Walking Dead in so many different ways – from comics, TV, video games, and more. But working on a bourbon? That’s a dream come true,” said David Alpert, CEO of Skybound Entertainment. “Our partnership with Diageo arose out of a shared passion for creativity and a love of our fans. We hope our fans enjoy this as much as we do.”

The Walking Dead Whiskey will be available at spirits retailers nationwide beginning this October, as well as online through licensed delivery sites including Reserve Bar and Drizly. Each clear glass bottle is marked “safe-zone approved” with a label that bears the comic’s trademark logo and sealed cork with an “RGrimes” signature of authenticity. It has a suggested retail price of $34.99 for a 750mL bottle. Whether a “Walker” or whiskey fan, raise a glass and enjoy responsibly to celebrate the comic book series’ iconic run.

Maggie’s “Lemonade”
1.25 oz The Walking Dead Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
2 oz Lemonade
2 oz Peach Tea
Glass: Pint
Garnish: Mint & grilled peaches
Directions: Add all ingredients into a Pint glass filled with ice, gently stir and garnish.

Old Man Rick
1.25 oz The Walking Dead Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
1 dash aromatic bitters
½ teaspoon simple syrup
Glass: Rocks
Garnish: Lemon & orange twist
Directions: Add all ingredients into a rocks glass Add three ice cubes and stir 20 seconds to chill cocktail and dilute the whiskey. Add two more ice cubes and garnish.