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Diving into history

May 13, 2014

‘Ha, ha, ha’, Arvind and my niece entered in the room where I was searching information on the net, stood behind me and laughed.

‘I told you’, Arvind said to her, ’Specky, must be searching and reading information on Scotch.’ Specky, this is how Arvind addresses me.

‘What is wrong in that?’ I too smiled and said, ‘I do have a right to information, don’t I?’ Obviously, I was using a phrase that has made an ordinary Indian citizen very powerful.

‘Of course, you have,’ Arvind said.

‘But what are you searching for?’ asked my niece. She too had found this topic rather intriguing and became curious.

‘There is whole lot of information about whisky on the net. But last evening Harbhajan, talked about his favourite Black Dog Whisky. So, for now, I was trying to know more about it and its specialities,’ I said.

‘What have you have found?’ asked my niece.

‘I have just come across the history of Black Dog Scotch Whisky,’ I said and continued, ‘and you know, it has completed 130 years in 2013.’

‘One hundred and thirty years? Fascinating!’ she was even more curious now. And so was Arvind.

Together we continued diving into the history of Black Dog on the net. Snippets of the information gathered while searching on the United Spirits website.

“It was 130 years ago, in 1883, when Sir Walter Millard went in search of the perfect Scotch Whisky to the Speyside region of Scotland. His journey took him to Leith in Edinburgh, home of the MacKinlay’s – Scotch whisky royalty! Together with James MacKinlay, he discovered the blend he was looking for. Its unique taste, delicate aroma and smooth effect on the palate were the aspects that appealed the most and brought an end to Sir Walter Millard’s quest. Being a keen ‘Angler’ and considering his love for his favourite sport, Sir Walter Millard named the Scotch after his favourite fishing fly – the Black Dog.

 In 2013, Black Dog Scotch Whisky celebrates 130 Years since it was founded. Since it was founded, connoisseurs and discerning gentlemen around the world have been able to experience the taste of real “Scotland”.
Today Black Dog Scotch Whisky is matured and blended under the watchful eyes of Richard Paterson- Master Blender.”

Every journey to success is dotted not just with milestones of achievements, but with well deserved breaks, which make the going worthwhile. When the pressures of the day gently ease and you make time to explore finer pleasures and enjoy the warmth of friends. A time so vital to refresh, rejuvenate and recharge your spirit. The Black Dog range of Scotch Whiskies is available in 4 unique offerings to make the most of these pristine moments – The Black Dog Quintessence Aged 21 Years, The Black Dog Reserve Aged 18 Years, The Black Dog Gold Reserve Aged 12 Years and The Black Dog Black Reserve Scotch Whisky.

‘Ageing and maturation is an important part of the process of whisky making’, my niece said after reading the piece of information, ‘Perhaps that is why all their whiskies have a mention of years with their names.’

However, we further discovered that a latest blend Black Dog Triple Gold Reserve has also been launched and is the only blended Scotch that is produced involving a unique triple maturation process.

The triple maturation process which involves Grain whiskies and Malt whiskies separately matured in American Bourbon Casks and  then blended together and matured again in Oloroso Sherry Butts for an extra longer period of time to give the blend a distinctive flavour and a delicate finish.

The company claims that the brand Black Dog Triple Gold Reserve has been appreciated and accepted as a parallel to any 12 Y.O blended Scotch.

‘We have had a Black Dog Easy Evening today! We will read more about it later. It is dinner time now.’ I said smilingly and all of us realised that  it was time for food by then.


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Sangita Passey
13 May 2014



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