Received a bottle of Black Dog scotch whisky for review and what better time to open it but after a lovely long alcohol free ride of Ashtavinayak!
Had a couple of friends over for the ‘tasting’ and general celebration of my acquiring the ‘Desert Storm’ Royal Enfield motorcycle!
The Black Dog, incidentally, has an interesting history. Apparently, 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!
Now a whisky that old and so carefully blended needs a lot of respect and cannot be diluted with soda or cola but has to be had neat on ice if need be. The label on the cover of the bottle states that this whisky 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 flavour and taste.
The bottle is opened and the golden liquid carefully poured on ice in the glass for the tasting. Here I would
like to mention what the Tasting Notes are as per the makers of this whisky, followed by my observations.
Colour : Amber, with Golden highlights.
Yes – agreed
Aroma : Robust malty, mellow woody, complex yet delicate aroma of sherry and vanillic sweetness with whispers of soft peatiness in the background.
Could definitely get the woody aroma. It was heady.
Palate : Beautifully rounded, heavy body, pronounced malty, mellow woody, fruity sweetness with teasing light warm peat.
A heavy body with the soft peatiness of a good scotch lingered as I sipped it, to my delight.
A whisky that can help you warm up with someone or maybe just chill with friends.
Overall a fine whisky to sip on, whenever you feel the need to unwind after a stressful day or to share with friends to celebrate something special!
The MRP in Mumbai for a 750ml Black Dog DeLuxe aged 12 years whisky bottle is Rs.2200/- as listed.