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Blends of Heaven

May 5, 2014

That evening was getting more and more interesting. Harbhajan had been giving us snippets of information about blended Scotch whisky. He described these as blends of heaven. Frankly speaking, I had never read about whisky.

‘Never ever go near whisky and liquor, it is bad’ or ‘One should refrain from taking any kind of liquor or whisky’ were the kind of statement we had usually heard while growing up. Thus, grew up with a definite opinion that all liquors and whiskies are bad…very bad.

So when Harbhajan during his visit explained a couple of things about how whisky blends are prepared, I was curious to know more. Till then whisky for me was some kind of drink that is prepared by fermentation.

Later, I tried to dig out some more information about whisky blends on the net. Google gave a long list of links on the click of the button that could provide variety of information on blends.

One of the links containing the words ‘Black Dog’ caught my attention for this was the brand he had brought. So I clicked the link and it led me the page having information on Black Dog Quintessence 21 Years old Scotch Whisky.

I had to read and re-read the information and did some research before I could understand some terms related to the process of blending. And I still have to learn a lot about whiskies and their blends.

Interestingly, I got to know that Black Dog Quintessence 21 Years old Scotch Whisky is a blend of 25 finest single malt and grain whiskies that have been selected from the Highland region of Scotland particularly from the Speyside Valley to provide ‘finesse’. Each individual part makes its own unique contribution and a long marrying period in the finest Oloroso sherry butts give balance and harmony to this spirit. And these are not just any sherry butts, they are specially selected from Spain’s noblest Bodegas of Gonzalez Byass in Jerez de la Frontera. Aged in the finest Oloroso sherry for minimum of 30 years these Matusalem butts provide the perfect platform to marry and mould this Black Dog 21 years old Blended Scotch Whisky.

Needless to say that I did have to spend many hours to understand what these sherry butts or casks are or what the term marrying mean in this context. And while searching for the information I also got to know that Black Dog has launched its latest blend Triple Gold Reserve, also known as TGR. It has been prepared through triple maturation process.
Now what all these terms are, can be talked about in another post.

 

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Sangita Passey
05 May 2014

 

 

 

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