Saturday, March 30, 2013

In the End!

They say the best is always reserved for the last. Unfortunately, as I am writing this post, I am also sipping the last drink of my Black Dog Centenary. As I take a sip it pains that I will not have it with me anymore until I go back and buy another bottle. It has been a wonderful journey writing for a brand that when spoken about, speaks of only class and nothing else.

Friday, March 29, 2013

Wine through the four seasons

Four Seasons is a wine that is made by the UB group Wines division. A few months back we had a bloggers meet where we were made to taste the amazing Red and white wine of the Brand. I also had the Red wine delivered home a few days back so that I can write a detailed review about it.

Luxury at the end!

Luxury is everybody’s desire! At point in their life, everyone wants to live a life of luxury and peace. It is natural for everyone to wish for it. So here I present to you a list of things in the world that define luxury!

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Timeless classics with Black Dog Easy Evenings

Black Dog Easy and Comedy evenings is a great initiative taken by United Spirits Limited (USL). It provides a perfect way to unwind and relax in a truly international way.
Laughter and music is an instant vacation – This is what Black Dog believes in. On one such musical evening Stephen Kabakos who is a well-known impersonator of king of music Elvis Presley had performed.

Stephen Kabakos is an international award winning Elvis tribute artist. The 9-city concert had been planned by Black Dog 8YO to commemorate the celebration of 125 years of Black Dog and covered all the four zones kickstarting with Delhi. The show travelled through Kolkata, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Mysore, Bangalore, Goa, Pune and concluded in Mumbai.

Mr. Amrit Thomas, Executive Vice President (Marketing), USL said the following during this event: "Even after 125 years, Black Dog remains faithful to its original blend. With Black Dog 8 YO's association with the tribute performances, we intend to bring alive the proposition of proudly old fashioned in a more contemporary way and celebrate the timelessness of Black Dog 8 YO with an equally timeless - the great Elvis Presley."

Stephen Kabakos said the following, "I am very excited about my maiden visit to India and cherish the eternal music of the great king of music - Elvis - with thousands of Indian fans. I am happy that Black Dog is holding this tribute musical tour for the timeless classics of the great Elvis Presley."

The concert enthralled all the age groups as Stephen brought 'The Way It Was' for the very first time in India. 'The Way It Was' covered Elvis' entire career, featuring the early Sun Studio recordings, through to the army, movie, '68 Comeback, and explosive concert years. Born to play Elvis, Stephen Kabakos executes a dynamic portrayal of authenticity that makes him one of the most highly praised and sought after Elvis stylist in the world.

Featured in theatres, and television shows across North America, Stephen has directed, co-produced, and produced his own sold-out concert productions to over whelming success. Stephen's fascinating interpretation, exciting stage presence, authentic costumes, and electrifying charisma ushers in an outstanding performance filled with music, magic, and memories.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

BD Easy evenings with Ash Matthew

Black Dog Scotch Whisky has come out with the concept of Black Dog Easy Evenings which appreciates, recognizes and supports World class music and events. This is a platform by which Indian audience get to enjoy and relish world class music and humor programs. An offshoot of the Black Dog Easy Evenings is the Black Dog Comedy Evenings where best stand-up comedians in the world come to India to perform to thunderous applause from swelling crowds. It is also very monumental in the fact that it appreciates and recognizes upcoming talents from India like Ashwin Matthew a stand-up comedian from Bangalore who is being re
cognized on a global and India level due to he being supported by Black Dog Scotch Whisky.

 Do check out the video clips from the links below to see how Ashwin Matthew creates humor from normal daily situations which we face. I love the fact how he understands the different cultures in India and pokes fun at them without sounding offensive but still making people rollick with laughter. He likes to use different accents like that of a Malayalee uncle, Tamil Iyengar uncle and Bangalore hippie uncle. His sense of timing is perfect which allows him to create humor right out of thin air. I like the fact where he interacts with his audience and creates humor on the fly using their names or their attributes and habits. Lot of Bangalroeans didn’t know that such talent existed in our multifaceted city and were truly amazed by the world class talent possessed by Ashwin Matthew.

Ashwin Matthew got lot of recognition after doing events like Black Dog Comedy Evenings. He was recently seen in the Sridevi movie ‘English Vinglish’ as the malayelee headmaster of Sridevi’s daughter who struggles to speak with her in Hindi. His natural way of acting is very appreciable as he looks like a person just next door but has such perfect comic timing that you can’t hold back your guffaw at the comic situations he creates or talks about.

Along with enjoying this world class humor, people also enjoyed drinking the world class Scotch Whisky with a tradition and legacy of over 130 years – Black Dog Scotch Whisky. Black Dog Deluxe which is the 12 year old version of the world famous Scotch Whisky was the most preferred drink that evening which allowed people to relax and rejuvenate after a long hard day of work.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Black Dog Easy Evenings with Madonna!

Black Dog Scotch Whisky organized another edition of Black Dog Easy Evenings, which is their flagship events platform, featuring Melissa Totten, who is world renowned for her impersonating skills specially impersonating Madonna.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Whisky without an "E"

Writing about the world’s best scotch whisky has its alter effects on you! You tend to keep thinking about it everyday. And because of this one fine day I sat and researched about it!  Here are my findings!

 Did you know that Scotch whisky is always spelt without an “e” ? Most other nations such as United States, Australia and Ireland call their similar spirits Whiskey. I being very bad in spellings found this very interesting decided never to add an “e” when writing to a Scotsman. Simple way to remember the spelling is if it comes from a country without an “e” in its spelling, then its spelt as Whisky. (eg Scotland, Japan, Canada).

Scotch whisky is a lot like distilled beer. It’s made using malted barley but no hops are added like you add to beer. It’s then distilled twice to create a smooth strong spirit that is aged in oak barrels for a minimum of 3 years before it can be called whisky. Traditionally these barrels came from the port-producing regions of Portugal and the Sherry-producing regions of Spain. As these became harder to obtain, Scotch distilleries turned to their American cousins in Kentucky to buy Bourbon barrels, which by law could only be used once before being discarded.
There are a number of classifications of Scotch whisky, but the main ones are: 
  • Blended Whisky: This is a mix of grain whisky and malt whisky, and makes up the majority of Scotch that is consumed around the world.
  • Single Grain Whisky: This is relatively rare and is made from unmalted grains such as corn.
  • Blended Malt Whisky: This is also sometimes known as “Vatted Malts” or “Pure Malts” It is made from blends of a number of single malt whiskies from across Scotland.
  • Single Malt Whisky: This is made, as the name suggests, from malted barley grains from a single distillery. They’re often sold with age statements (10/12/18 years, etc.), which means that they are a blend of single malts from the same distillery where the youngest whisky used is the age stated on the bottle, unless it is a single cask bottle where the whisky must all be from the same making.

If you were wondering, the term “whisky” is actually derived from the Gaelic words uisage beatha, which in turn came from the Latin Acqua Vitae or “water of life.” It’s thought that the name refers to the fact that these spirits were first used by monks for medicinal purposes. Very interesting history, isn’t it? Strangely the oldest reference to the production of whisky is not in fact in Scotland, but in Ireland, where it is believed that monks began distilling spirits as far back as the fifth century.

A staggering one billion bottles of scotch are exported from Scotland every year. America is the second-largest customer, importing an impressive 120 million bottles a year. This is still quite a ways behind the French, however, who are rapidly approaching 200 million bottles a year.

Ever wondered what’s the best way to drink whisky? Most distillers suggest adding just a very small amount of room-temperature water to the glass. This lowers the alcohol content slightly and allows many of the distinct flavors of the spirit to come to the front.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Harley Davidson brought to you by Black Dog

US Bike Maker, Harley-Davidson launched their fifth store a couple of years back in Indian market and its first in Bangalore known as Tusker Harley-Davidson store. Black Dog scotch whisky was the proud partner of the launch event.

Black Dog is always known to be associated with high profile and aspirational events in India. Tusker Harley-Davidson, the fifth dealership of Harley-Davidson India is one of the state-of-art dealership which truly exemplifies es the unique experience and attributes of the brand.

The Bangalore’s Tusker Harley-Davidson located in Lavelle Road is run by businessman and enthusiast Srinivas Reddy whose lifelong passsion has been riding motorcycles. Anoop Prakash, Managing Director, Harley-Davidson India said, “Across the world, Harley-Davidson dealerships are havens for all who seek to experience and share the joys of leisure riding. Tusker Harley-Davidson is designed expressly to reflect our heritage and culture, while providing a world-class customer experience to all Harley customers and aficionados across the region. With Srinivas Reddy at the helm of Tusker Harley-Davidson, we look forward to ushering in a new era of motorcycling in Bangalore.”

“I am extremely delighted to bring the Harley-Davidson brand and culture to Bangalore. I have always believed that motorcycling is not just a means of transport but a life-changing pursuit. The launch of Tusker Harley-Davidson marks an important milestone for leisure riding in Bangalore as we introduce the city to the pure Harley-Davidson way of life.. My team and I welcome everyone to experience the world of Harley-Davidson at Tusker Harley-Davidson.”,  Srinivas Reddy, Managing Director, Tusker Harley-Davidson spoke during the launch.

The popular motorcycling community xBhp bikers also marked their presence with their ducatis to check out the Harleys! All of those who attended got a chance to enjoy the Black Dog whiskey on the rocks, which followed by some casual talks, tip sharing of their bikes. Along with these, guests enjoyed listening to rock anthems and road trip soundtracks. 

All the guests also got an opportunity to check out the iconic Harley Davidson motorcycles, Collector Edition Biking Gears etc. Thus marking the event and evening as one of the successful events which was brought over by Black Dog Scotch Whisky to the fans in India..

Saturday, March 23, 2013

How to set up your Mini bar

To construct the perfect home bar, what we all need is perfect blend of Scotch whisky like BlackDog a Scotch with a history of 130years and also the set of accessories.

The best and the most basic bar accessories contains all the things we need to get a mini bar up and running, these include

  • One pack of beverage napkins.  
  • One box cocktail straws. 
  • Twelve plastic liquor pours. 
  • A double jigger. 
  • A cocktail shaker with built-in strainer, 
  • One black bar mat.
  • One Stainless steel condiment tray. 
  • Ice scoops.
  • 12 margarita glasses
  • Zip zester 
  • Bottle openers 
  • Knuckle bottle opener. 
  • Flair bottles. 
  • Corkscrew 
  • Stainless steel shakers. 
  • Spill stop 
  • Toasting set 
  • Ice bucket
  • Drinking straws.
  • Bar spoon 
  • Knives and cutting board (Cutting Lime and Cherries) 
  • Muddler.
  • The bartender manual book. (I’m serious every bar must have this for Sure).

After the accessories, let us move on to liquor now. Considering it is your house and you will consume most of the liquor, so most of the times you should your personal favorites. And then worry about the rest!  I am a straight-up scotch man, but what if I have a friend who loves margarita, comes home on weekend? In order to avoid such situations always have the things to make the basics.
So, here are the few things you can store just in case there is some guest who doesn’t like drinking scotch.
  • Vodka A bar is incomplete if there is no vodka; this is a vital ingredient to make a screwdriver being almost tasteless it mixes with everything.
  • Tequila This is ultimate shooter, which requires unless you decide to do a Training wheels. Training wheel for a shot means some salt and lime wedges. 
  • Scotch: - Here is my favorite part, Just stuff your place allocated for scotch with Black Dog “One of the world’s finest Scotch Whisky”
  • The Mixers and Garnishes: - Even if we spend lots of money on liquors, we need to have perfect mixers to make a drink taste great.
  • Juice The basic one would need is juice, maybe Orange, Cranberry. If you are creative maybe some Pineapple, Mango or even tomato should do.
  • Soda: - If you prefer don’t prefer soft drinks then, Soda and Tonic water are a must for many classics.
  • Lime: - Lots of drinks should be served with a twist of Lime wedges on the rim of the glasses.
  • Kosher salt This is the coarse-grained salt that the rim of the glass is dipped into.
  • Sugar: - Even strong drinks sometimes need a small helping of it.

Friday, March 22, 2013

How the world's finest scotch is made?

The origins of malt whisky distilling in Scotland dates back to the monks of 15th century and may be a long before that. The subtle aromas and flavors of whisky could never be explained till today despite knowing the art of making it.

It goes through a long process of malting, mashing, fermentation, pot stills, distillation and spirit safe. The barley which is used in the malting process has to be of very good quality and this is done in a very hygienic place. Even the quality of water that they use during the mashing process is very important and it has to be good quality of Scottish water.

During fermentation process, yeast is used which feeds on sugar, producing alcohol and small quantities of congeners, which contribute to the flavor of whisky. The mystery on the shape of pot used during pot stills process is another thing to notice. The shape of pot has been the same over the years and every distillery maintains the same shape for the pot. During distillation process only the pure center cut, or heart of the run, which is 68% alcohol by volume is collected. During the spirit safe process the Stillman uses all his experience to test and judge the various distillates without being able to come into physical contact with the spirit. The newly distilled, colorless spirit gets reduced to 63% alcohol by volume and is filled into oak casks.
After such a lengthy process, One of the world’s finest Scotch Whiskey “Blackdog” is prepared.  Scotch whisky can only be made in Scotland. In no other part of the world this can be prepared. Even if it is prepared in other parts of the world, then it is not referred to as Scotch. The cool climate of Scotland is extremely important for maturing of this whisky.

Black Dog Scotch is such a Scotch which is made in Scotland with utmost care. It’s ingredients are chosen with extreme care to maintain the taste and flavor. Black Dog Scotch is made from the best quality grain and not made from molasses. 

The Scotch is made from 10-20% malted barley and other unmalted cereals like wheat and maize. That’s the reason why it’s called as grain whisky. Apart from that, Black Dog Scotch costs less and is much better than many other brands.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Music with your Black Dog

Music and Scotch! Ah what a combo. Just like the films. Sweet! Think of it, your favourite scotch, and your favourite kind of music. Both of them titiliating two of your most important senses.

I had one of those Monday’s where I just want to stay up until the wee hours, sipping whisky and writing. Alas, I cannot do that but one of the songs I would probably stick on, if I were to stay up until 4AM is Be My Downfall.

And so I thought I’d post my top five 4AM Whisky Songs:

5. Be My Downfall – Del Amitri (For the bad ones you know were no good but miss anyway.)

4. The Town that I loved – The Dubliners (Hey, they were banned once. For the morose, the-past-was-drizzled-in-honey-and-grease-and-I-liked-it stage.)

3. Need Your Love So Bad – Fleetwood Mac – original line up (To truly enjoy this you need a whisky in one hand and someone close on your arm dancing round a nearly empty bar, slow.)

2. God is in the House – Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds (For the I-think-it’s-whisky-but-I’m-not-sure, I-finished-the-other-bottle-and-this-was-at-the-back. As-long-as-I-have-both-ears-in-the-morning-I’m-good.)

1. Je n’en connais pas la fin – Jeff Buckley (Some would go for Hallelujah but you can practically taste the cigarette smoke on this one and of course that’s what it’s for. Sitting at a piano you can’t play, smoking cigarettes when you don’t actually smoke and nursing that last whisky that will send you to Dream.)

Actually, this could also easily be a top five songs to slit your wrists to. 4AM whisky music is a bit like that, fine lines. By way of lifting the mood of the list, I’ll point out that I Google You (written by Neil Gaiman for Peri Lyons – because she asked for a song not, as Neil points out, because he was googling her late at night – and recently covered by Amanda Palmer) narrowly missed out on making the list.

Moving on. What’s your 4AM whisky music?

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Black Dog Easy Evenings with Colin Mochrie & Brad Sherwood

Black Dog Scotch is one of the world’s finest scotch. It has a very rich and a smooth taste and after drinking it one feels relaxed in its luxury. This year Black Dog Scotch is celebrating 130 years of its existence. They are the world’s favorite scotch brand. Black Dog Scotch dominates the market – not just Indian but at the International level, they are the best. People just love Black Dog, due to the luxury it offers. Apart from this, Black Dog organizes many events one is Black Dog Easy Evenings.
Black Dog believes that “Laughter is the best medicine.” These comedy evenings are meant to de-stress busy people giving them a break from their hectic schedules. In one such comedy evening Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood performed first time in India, thanks to Black Dog. They are the famous stars from the popular British comedy show “Whose Line Is It Anyway?  The star attraction of the evening was the Presence of Dr. Vijay Mallya.
These evenings were held in 5 cities namely Kolkata, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Mumbai and New Delhi from July 21st to July 25th 2010. Black Dog has a history of holding such evenings with the concept of “Unwind and relax”. They give the Black Dog drinkers a great night to unwind, by laughing their worries away.

Apart from unwinding and relaxing, they get to meet a lot more people. They make friends and meet up for social gatherings and many such comedy evenings. Attending international comedy shows by Brad and Colin on a great evening with a glass of Black Dog Scotch is indeed the best and perfect way to unwind and relax.
Laughing out so much till the stomach pains and forgetting all the tensions is what people should believe in. We have to take care of ourself and such a new concept of enjoying a comedy evening with a group of friends with a glass of Black Dog Scotch is much better option than sitting in a 5 star restaurant and drinking alone.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Fly fishing and its Angler

well last 20 posts have all been about various topics. today we learn as to why Black Dog Scotch is known as Back Dog scotch. As you know Black Dog was christened by Walter Millard whose favorite sport was fish angling. He used to unwind and relax while angling in the Spey and Tay rivers of Scotland since the early 19th century. He named the whisky Black Dog in honor of his favorite salmon fishing fly.

Angling is a method of fishing by means of an "angle" (fish hook). According to reliable sources who is an ardent Angling enthusiast, The hook is usually attached to a fishing line and the line is often attached to a fishing rod. Fishing rods are usually fitted with a fishing reel that functions as a mechanism for storing, retrieving and paying out the line. The hook itself can be dressed with lures or bait. A bite indicator such as a float is sometimes used.

Fly fishing is an angling method in which an artificial "fly" is used to catch fish. The fly is cast using a fly rod, reel, and specialized weighted line. Casting a nearly weightless fly or "lure" requires casting techniques significantly different from other forms of casting. Fly fishermen use hand tied flies that resemble natural invertebrates or other food organisms, or "lures" to provoke the fish to strike.

Angling is one of the world’s finest sports.  It is one of those sports which the rich and famous people prefer to play to unwind and relax something like golf and horse racing. They love relaxing with a glass of Black Dog Scotch in hand after playing these games

Monday, March 18, 2013

A weekend getaway

I was travelling over the weekend and like I said in one of my earlier post, I love adventure and travelling. Although this wasn’t adventure.  This was more of a two day leisure trip to Coorg, better known for its coffee, chocolate and its climate. I stayed at one of the premium resorts with my besitie Suman and we had a ball of a time over there.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Stay Safe, Drink Safe

There are many people who love to drink a lot until they fall and are hardly in their senses. Well Black Dog in excess can also do that to you. You do tend to get carried away when you have such an awesome drink in your hand. Surely it may not be the best choice to drink in a party because you would want to relish the woody taste and fragrance of the world’s finest Scotch whisky and relax after it rather than just gulping it down in a hurry.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

The perfect gift

In the last post I mentioned about how I enjoy going out for adventure trips with Suman, my best friend.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Adventure and Leisure

I have a lot of friends who are adventure freaks like me. Among them is my best friend Suman who enjoys the same tastes as mine when it comes to most of the things in life.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Movies and ???-Part 2

So yesterday I gave you ten tips on how to enjoy a great movie with the wonderful Black Dog Scotch Whisky. Today in its sequel I will give you ten steps as to what to do when you are stuck watching a not so great movie.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Movies and ???

For a movie buff like me, watching movies 24/7 or 365 days can be like what Uncle Scrooge feels everytime he swims in his pool full of gold coins. I can just watch any number of movies in a day without feeling exhausted.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Black Dog Quintessence Scotch(21 years old)

The final classic variant from the Black Dog stable is the Black Dog Quintessence which is a 21 year old blend. 

Monday, March 11, 2013

Black Dog Reserve(18 years old)

Today we go on to know the other aged scotch from the Black Dog stable. The Black Dog reserve(18 year old). The attractive packaging is sure to attract you, but the attractive Scotch cannot be missed.

Black Dog Deluxe (12 year old)

 In the last few days you have read all about the Black Dog Scotch Whisky. Now it is time to know about the various blends that the brand offers. Today we will learn about the Black Dog Deluxe which is a 12 year old scotch whisky.