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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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An Evening Well Spent

An Evening well spent.

Last night was a surprise. My friends from college dropped by to my place and convinced me to relive our crazy Friday nights, so I obliged. Now, to understand why my friends are down-right crazy, I must tell you an instance. A couple of years back, we were just hanging out and one of us suggested we go to a karaoke bar and sing our hearts out. But Bangalore has a policy of closing everything down by 1100 PM and it was 0930 PM already. With horrible traffic conditions and the nearest karaoke place on the other end of the city, there was hardly any point for us in trying. So what do you do, when you can’t go for karaoke…? You create a Karaoke bar at your own place!

We rented out a projector in the nick of time and set up playlists, get the karaoke lyrics, set up the sound system, noise proof the walls and set up the ambience  The bar was set with our favourite of all time, Black Dog Scotch Whisky. We had all the variations but I have personally always liked and preferred the 18-year-old Reserve version.

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So we had Beatles ‘Hey Jude’ playing in the background with everyone pitching in and Black Dog to give us the best of the company. It was an apt set up as this was the last time all of us were together. Times change remarkably, people come and go, jobs change, but I keep my drink the same because honestly, I haven’t found a better drink yet if there is such a thing.

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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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Exam Eve.. Ah..!!

As we’ve approached the eve of my last mid-term-paper, I can’t help but wonder all the other stuff around me. There’s something about exam times, makes you find the amazing in mundane. I love it, how I like to clean, shave for a change, give clothes at the laundry, collect clothes from the laundry and what not. Mother would’ve been so proud! Anyways, to sum it up, I feel one must answer life’s big question, find solutions to never ending problems, take major life altering decisions only when you’ve got a paper due tomorrow morning and you know nothing, I repeat, nothing about the subject.

Comprehendo!?

Now, to list a few things that I want to do right now but surprisingly won’t do tomorrow same time is,

1) Go out into the night clicking pictures

2) Read about the subject and assess my performance of the paper I took today

3) Find out the Google-Story

4) Read the novel – ‘Shantaram’

5) Clean my desk

6) Shave

7) Clean clothes at the laundry

This feeling of ‘not-knowing’ sets you free, to venture in the unknown, to try and figure out how you’ll reach your goal. Isn’t this the same, the way great Alexander felt before his first invasion? Isn’t this the same, the way great knights feel before heading over to rescue the princess, slay the dragon, and bring honour to thy self?

I too, set to venture in my unknown, even though, I will not slay a dragon, I will not receive a kiss from my the princess, but I’d sure fight my way to numerous sums, formulae(s), slay some problems, get some marks (pun-intended 😛 ) and rush my way to victory. Because, in the end it doesn’t matter whether you win or lose, what matters is “Where’s the booze party!?”

One thing I know I would love to do – be it an exam eve or not – is blog. Talking to my 15″ Laptop screen, see words forming, see my hands hovering over little keys and write a piece of my mind. Ah… I like it!

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Saint Valentines Day

I’d say I’ve had a great day. There’s nothing better than good friends, an outdoor outlet of CCD sipping ‘Eskimo Cold Coffee‘ on a sunday evening. It was an amazing day. A day with no flaws.
Happy valentines Day all!
Long Live The Love 🙂
PS : Thanks for a wonderful day Appu, Shilpz N Rishi (long live our bromance)
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