Category Archives: Eating Out

It’s No Rocket Science, Not a Bike Ride Either

Drink your drink right! – This is probably the one thing that is not appreciated enough when it comes to the idea of having a fine drink. I myself was ignorant about the means of the sophisticated when I had my first glass in my hand. It is definitely not rocket science, you need not be pro to appreciate the beauty, taste and feel of a soulful drink. It is however, not a bike ride either, a drink gulped in one go is demeaning its existence.

The Original

I have done my research and found people who know what they are doing and here are my finds,

Holster the Drink – Pour at least 1-1.5 ounce of scotch into the glass. Swirl it. Feel the power in your hand.

Feel the Aroma – Feeling the Aroma is feeling the essence of the drink. Our olfactory senses are given quite the treat with a fine glass of Black Dog Scotch Whisky. Concentrate on the smells and pick out individual aromas. Give the glass an occasional swirl or two as it helps release more of those volatile compounds that make your drink perfect.

The First Sip – Sip in a small amount at first, only enough to cover your tongue. Hold the whisky in your mouth for a while till it stops burning on your tongue and you feel the sweetness underneath. Swirl it around your mouth, making sure to feel the divinity in the spirit. After you are done figuring out the individual flavors, swallow.

Source - passey.info

Source – passey.info

Feel the ‘Finish’ – Gulping down Scotch immediately leave a burning sensation in the mouth. One must be patient and let the drink linger in the mouth for a while. It goes down ‘smooth’ – without burning your throat. Sip. Breathe, breathe a lot, as you will start to realise the flavors that remain on your tongue, gums, and the walls of your mouth. This is the ‘finish’, and can last anywhere from a few seconds to several hours. This is where there is a transition from smelling the drink, to tasting the aromas.

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The next time you decide to have a drink of India’s finest International Scotch Whisky, the Black Dog, remember these points and dwell into the luxury of the moment. Share these tips as well to those, who are missing out.

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Four Seasons Wines – Merlot

Four Seasons Wines has always been synonymous with good wine in India. I have had the pleasure of enjoying a few of their wines before and when Ginger Claps approached me for a review of Four Seasons, I was all up for it.

Four Seasons Merlot

The bottle I got for the review was from the top of their line, The Four Seasons Merlot, a wine brewed in the valleys of Sahyadri, Maharashtra. The sheer passion that has gone in making these wines that you know in your first sip is the reason why it is a delight of a drink to have it at your private mini-bar.

The Four Seasons Vineyard

This wine is Ruby red in colour with a hint of garnet. Delicious aromas of ripe black fruits, especially plums are a treat for the olfactory nerves.

Tasting notes:

Colour : Red
Aroma : Complex aroma profile with good amounts of plums among the many ripe black fruits. Delicious.
Palate : Medium bodied with soft tannins and and a pleasant lasting finish.
Serving suggestion : Enjoyed best at 16 -18º C .A fine wine to go with fine cuisine like slow roasted rack of lamb and even roasted vegetables. Medium spiced Indian dishes also pair this wine. Ready to drink now but connoisseurs will realise that this wine will age well over 5 years.

All in all, a wine to relish on a breezy evening listening to your favorite jazz record. An assured way to make your evening magical.

Check out Four Seasons Wines at:

http://www.fourseasonsvineyards.com
https://www.facebook.com/FourSeasonsWines

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Black Dog Scotch – Mysteries in a bottle!

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
Tasting Notes
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.
Tasting Notes
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.
Tasting Notes
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!

Reach them at:
http://www.unitedspirits.in/black-dog-scotch.aspx
https://www.facebook.com/blackdogeasyevenings

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Gud Dhaani @ BTM Layout Bangalore

Back to Gud Dhaani!!

Went by the weekend again and tried Daal Baati. I am sure Daal Baati isn’t prepared/served this way because it just did not lived up to the expectations.

It consisted of 2 Baatis, Lots of Churma and few side-kicks too. I remember distinctly that I was just able to finish the Baati and left half the churma.

A poor experience that led me to believe even the best cannot manage everything. 🙂

Anywayz, I still rate Baigan and Karela as their speciality.

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Gud Dhaani @ BTM Layout Bangalore

Gud Dhaani or “Daal Baati” as I have ever remembered it is located in a corner of BTM Layout 2nd stage overlooking the Madiwala Lake. A spacious parking space considering the place is mostly frequented by biker bachelors.

From the outside, you would be slightly suspicious of the food and hygiene quality which you might come across inside. But lay aside that inhibition and step in. The bamboo sticks for partitioning the space into dining areas have been well made and gives the assumption of ample space. No false pretensions and No false claims on the menu. The menu claims only genuine food for the hungry and that is what it delivers.

The food will consist mainly of Rajasthani thalis with multiple combinations. My favorite being Hara Bhara Karela from the menu. Many will turn their heads and say Yuck to that. But its good. Shahi Bhoj is another thali that you must try but beware – its a lot for one man’s platter.

There are many other options to be tried there. I will try to visit them this weekend to try Daal Baati, their Weekend special. Hope it is worth the expectation I have set up already.

Route/Location – Google Maps link.

Yumm!!
A Hungry Guy

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