Friday, March 22, 2013

The Black Dog For a newbee!

Becoming a scotch enthusiast isn't really cake walk, you gotta start slow and simple and then head out for the big win. (Who told you scotch loving was any easy?)
Here is a guide for a right start in making friends with the best there is in the business.
Your journey starts here.

1. Start with a smooth, light scotch. Focus is on drink ability. First off, if you always been a sort of a teetotaler, it will take you considerate amount of time to really get the hang of a scotch. Don't play for the jackpot just yet, start out with having your scotch in the way your palate allows you, play with the amount of water, reduce it time after time. Try a Black dog centenary. You will feel toasted malt and matured wood on your palate, combined with a touch of sweet honey,delicate butterscotch bordering on cream, with floral nuances that emerges at the end. the flavor comes and goes in your mouth like the sea waves and the finish is balanced, long, intense and bright.

2. Next, introduce some complexity and richness. I would say, start with a Black Dog aged 12 years, although it has a  Robust malty, mellow woody sort of aroma it is also accompanied with hints of sherry and vanilla. It has a finish that is Luxurious and exciting, long and warm with a touch of cream. Still not ready for a neat? Fine, you can add some water, but not much and also keep in mind that you are using bottled water.

3. Add some light smoke.
Peat, is the most influencing ingredients of all in a scotch and in each scotch it imparts a different amount of smokiness, in step three we go a little further than where we were and introduce you to the slightly more complex and smokey malts. Try a A black dog aged 18, it is a little higher on flavor, more intense. It has a truly noble bouquet of luscious malty tones and rich velvety textures with a hint of oloroso sherry in the background. There is an impeccable balance of individual malt and grain whiskies and silky soft tones that dance on the tongue. By now you must be getting used to the kind of taste a scotch has and you can take a leap and treat yourself with a neat!

4. Dial up the smokiness.
Now you have entered the big league, time to savor some real treasures of the Black Dog legacy, the Black dog aged 21 years...intense amber gold with shimmering highlights.a harmony of delight orchestrated by a multitude of seductive aromas immediately arouse the senses. Soft peaches and ripe citrus fruits coupled with pear, marzipan and bergamot begin this flirtatious fanfare. The aged malt whiskies from the Speyside valley make their own inimitable contribution by adding that distinctive charm and finesse. Velvet and smooth. The hand of time in the finest sherry wood has weaved its magic spell to perfection.The taste is Bold and magnificent. This outstanding blend must be given the reverence and respect it richly deserves.

Try this and let me know if you are a scotch enthusiast yet!

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