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01 May 2014

Black Dog and the new Triple Gold Reserve

History
clip_image002Black Dog was launched in 1883, with the name Millard Black Dog by James McKinley from the second generation of the Leith Scotch whisky blending family. The whisky was named by Walter Millard, a Scot from the East India Company, who brought the whisky to India. He was fond of angling, and chose to name it after his favourite salmon fishing fly, known as the Black Dog, which he used to fish in the Spey and Tay rivers in Scotland.
McDowell & Co (now known as USL) and United Distillers formed United Distillers India Limited in 1992, creating India's first joint venture in the alcoholic beverages industry. It began bottling operations in Nashik to produce Black Dog for the Indian market.
Black Dog was only available in 60 ml and 750 ml bottles in India until January 2008, when the company introduced 180 ml, 375 ml and 2 litre bottles in select markets.
Blends
Black Dog Scotch Whisky is available in five variations:
1. Black Dog Triple Gold Reserve – A new feather in the cap, as the name suggests, is the only Scotch that is matured using triple maturation process. This involves a maturation process in which matured Grain and malt whiskies are mixed and once again matured in Oloroso Sherry Butts for an extra longer period of time to give the blend a distinctive flavour and a delicate finish giving it a position next to any 12 year old blended Scotch.
2. Black Dog Black Reserve Blended clip_image004Scotch Whisky – Earlier known as Black Dog Centenary, is a blend of malt spirits from the various regions of Scotland. It is an eight-year-old Scotch whisky blended from 32 different aged single malt and grain whiskies.
3. Black Dog Gold Reserve Aged 12 Years Blended Scotch Whisky – Earlier known as Black Dog Deluxe, the Black Dog Gold Reserve Aged 12 Years Blended Scotch Whisky is a blend of 25 whiskies from all the regions of Scotland - Speyside, Islay, Highlands and Lowlands, each matured for a minimum period of 12 years.
4. Black Dog Reserve Aged 18 Years Blended Scotch Whisky – This expression is a blend of aged malt and grain whiskies, aged for a minimum of 18 years in oak casks. It received the Gold Best in Class Award in the Scotch Whisky – Deluxe Blend – Aged 18 Years. Category at the International Wine and Spirit Competition 2011, and was rated Gold at the Internationaler Spirituosen Wettbewerb 2013.
5. Black Dog Quintessence Aged 21 Years Blended Scotch Whisky – This expression includes 25 single malts and grain whiskies from the highland region of Scotland – in particular from the Speyside Valley. The blend is matured in used Oloroso sherry butts from Spanish Bodegas. It is a limited edition for which only 3540 bottles have been produced. The blend was rated Gold at The Internationaler Spirituosen Wettbewerb 2013.



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3 comments:

  1. "Black Dog was launched in 1883, with the name Millard Black Dog by James McKinley from the second generation of the Leith Scotch whisky blending family. The whisky was named by Walter Millard, a Scot from the East India Company."
    This is absolute NONSENSE.
    James Mackinlay, aka 'Royalty' among Blenders, was the blender in question. Walter Samuel Millard was born in 1864, and 19 years old in 1983. He was a puny kid of 10 when The East India Company wound up in 1874. Millard was employed by Herbert Musgrave Phipson, who owned a Wine Shop chain in India and later, the subcontinent, "Phipson & Co. Wine Merchants".
    He met Mackinlay's daughter in 1883 at the winery, when on a 3-month vacation cum quest for a great Scotch whisky, ultimately marrying her in 1889. Millard's flat-bottle Black Dog went out the window in 1889, when Mackinlay revealed his 12-YO blend. This was named Phipson Black Dog, sold in dark brown normal bottles, but with a long neck.
    Mackinlay made a huge pile of money as did Phipson and Millard in time.
    Millard was Knighted sometime in the 1900s before WW I.

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  2. Are you scared, Mr Thakker? After approval?

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