Black Dog scotch has been popular in our nation for long! The initial memories I’ve had of Black Dog is of the movie Shahenshah, where Amrish Puri seems to be having a very good day and he explains to his compadre that on a good day, he does not drink Chivas, its only Black Dog.
So it was only a pleasure when I was invited for a Black Dog tasting session at Habanero, Whitefield. It was a dull day, the sky partially cloudy making it only a better occasion for whiskey. I made it to the venue and found many a fellow bloggers excited about the evening. A scotch tasting is unheard of in our culture, so everyone was a bit apprehensive, thank god Mohit put everyone at ease, but more n that later.
Habanero is a Tex – Mex restaurant that is very popular for its fod among the Whitefield junta. The restaurant, located in the Ascendas Park Square Mall has a very good fare of Mexican food. The restaurant is very spacious and airy and the decor feels just right. It is not necessarily garish like other restaurants who just try to bring too many elements into the design of the restaurant. The service is impeccable with the restaurant manager Anuj personally overseeing all floor operations.
Soon Mohit took over, taking us through a magical journey of Scotch. As we savored more and more of Scotch neat, and a\savoring every sip that hit our tongues, we realized everything Mohit said was true. Scotch does have so many hidden flavors in it, and you can find them when you look for it. The tale of the angels coming to leave the flavors just made the evening more magical.
Walter Millard, a Scot in British India, travelled to Scotland in 1883 in search of an impeccable whisky. His search ended in a blend created by James Mackinlay, of the second generation of the Leith Scotch Whisky blending family. Being a keen angler himself, Walter Millard named the whisky ‘Black Dog’ in honour of his
favourite salmon fishing fly used in the Spey and Tay rivers of Scotland since the early 19th century. Thus was born the ‘Black Dog’ whisky!
We were served 3 Black Dog’s at the event:
1. Black Dog 18 Year Old Scotch
2. Black Dog 12 year Old Scotch
3. Black Dog Centenary Scotch.
Here are a few notes that will help you enjoy Black Dog better:
Black Dog 18 Year Old Scotch.
Matured for a minimum of 18 years in oak casks, aged malt and grain whiskies have been skillfully blended together to create Black Dog 18 Year Old
Colour: Deep, golden, glossy and mahogany.
Nose: A truly noble bouquet of luscious malty tones and rich velvety textures with a hint of oloroso sherry in the background.
Taste: Round and mellow complex quixotic flavours with an impeccable balance of individual malt and grain whiskies and silky soft tones that dance on the tongue.
Finish: Luxuriously smooth and long, a testament to the malt & grain whiskies which have spent years in oak casks & vats.
Black Dog 12 Year Old Scotch.
Black Dog 12 is a blend of fine whiskies from all the regions of Scotland – Speyside, Islay, Highlands and Lowlands, each matured for a minimum period of 12 years creating a bouquet that captures all the flavours of Scotland, giving Black Dog its very distinctive flavor and taste.
Colour : Amber, with golden highlights.
Aroma : Robust malty, mellow woody, complex yet delicate aroma of sherry and vanillic sweetness with whispers of soft peatiness in the background.
Palate : Beautifully rounded, heavy body, pronounced malty, mellow woody, fruity sweetness with teasing light warm peat.
Finish : Luxurious and exciting, long and warm with a touch of cream.
Black Dog Centenary Scotch.
Black Dog Centenary is a rich and rare premium blended Scotch whisky loaded with exceptional characters. It is blended to perfection with a multitude of malt spirits chosen from the various regions of Scotland.
Colour : Amber with golden highlights.
Aroma : Matured wood, toasted malt, mild honey sweetness, delicate butterscotch bordering on cream, with floral nuances that emerges at the end.
Palate : Robust body, pronounced rich malt and oak and sherry sweetness, spreads warmly in the mouth like silent sea waves.
Finish : Balanced, long, intense and bright.
Picture credit : Ankionthemove and Onvab
Go on! Pick a Black Dog, and you will be amazed! A must have at every home!
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