In continuation to my previous post, Black Dog Triple Gold has its own tasting notes. While we may discover some of the ingredients, an average human cannot discern more than 30% of the ingredients that go into anything, well, unless he has made it himself. While you try to get all the juicy details that may have gone into making the scotch, below are the tasting notes of my favorite Black Dog Triple Gold Reserve.

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NOSE: Lovely balance of matured wood and rich malt touches the senses. Smoothness of Vanilla and butterscotch are skillfully embedded on layers of honey, creamy caramel, cinnamon and marzipan with a subtle hint of citrus fruits. Delicate aromas of cracked spiced pepper are perceived even in the rich complexity of the blend.

PALATE: Elegant wood flavors caress the palate as they slowly unfold. Sweet whispers of caramelized peaches and vanilla add to the complexity of wood elements. Even in its intriguing complexity, all flavors are wonderfully balanced with a delicate spread of medium sweetness at the end.

Now while you wonder what could have gone into making the Black Dog Triple Gold Reserve “The Black Dog Triple Gold Reserve”, let me add that it is no simple process! While the whisky is a blend of Single Malt and Single Grain Whisky, the maturation process and the art of blending followed is entirely different. No longer is the whisky subject to an age statement. The single malt and single grain are matured separately in Red Oak Bourbon casks. Once they reach maturity, the scotch is blended by a master blender who holds the secret running in his family heirloom since time immemorial. image

This blended scotch is once again left to mature in a Oloroso Sherry Casks. This triple process of maturing not only brings out a uniqueness to it, but also brings out a lot of flavors that would have otherwise gone unknown or unnoticed!

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Several people whom I have met have often asked me what the right way to taste a scotch is. While different people have different ways, perceptions and taste recognitions, the right way is often different from what we generally follow. While most of us prefer to have Scotch or Whisky with ice/cold water/soda, the right method follows a much more mellowed and sensible approach. It involves caressing the smell, rolling the liquid and much more like detailed below.

No matter what Scotch you’re drinking, there’s definitely a best way to taste. The four things to look for are color, nose, palate, and finish. Don’t just pick up your glass and look at it to get the color, but hold it up to natural sunlight or a strong white light.image

While many people drink single-malt Scotch from a typical whisky glass, the proper glass to “nose” with is in fact a sherry copita, which resembles a tulip. It is perhaps not the most masculine shape for such a masculine spirit, but practical and effective. With your mouth open so that you can breathe non-boozy air while you sniff, take a long pull of the Scotch and see what flavors you smell.

Adding water opens up the flavors and cuts down on the alcohol burn. The master distillers we’ve met always use a splash of quality-bottled water and sometimes even ice so that they can taste the different phases of the Scotch as the ice melts.

Some experts even claim that a sip of strong coffee or bite of dark chocolate helps in the appreciation process. We say, why not?

The palate is how it feels and tastes when you take your first sip, and the aftertaste and finish are the flavors you get afterward. No matter what, take your time.


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Post dinner desserts is one thing that every person would look forward to. Cakes, pastries, puddings etc. are all very common. However, there are very few desserts that go well with Black Dog Triple Gold Reserve. Scotches are generally paired very well with chocolates and anything to do with chocolate. But that is not always the case. There are many other kinds of desserts that go well with Scotches.

Here is a short description of what goes well with what kind of Scotches.

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Dark Chocolate

The bitter flavors of dark chocolate bring out the sweetness of a smokier whiskey, and enhance the flavor. In turn, the smoky whiskey adds robust flavoring and the punch of alcohol to the chocolate. Try both a grittier chocolate like Mast Brothers and a smoother chocolate like Green & Black’s.

Even Better: dark chocolate covered espresso beans.

The smoothness of the chocolate, the grittiness of the bean, the aroma of the whiskey. This is a magical combination. You can find them at Trader Joe’s and Ghirardelli also has one.

Pecan Maple Pie

Pie is great, and when pairing with an earthy scotch, we look to a pie with sweet, earthy flavors. The pecans give the nutty body, and the maple gives natural sweetness.

For fruitier whiskies:

Sliced Fresh Pears

Pears are the slightly tangy cousin of the more common apple, and that fruity tang makes all the difference with the strong flavors of a whiskey. Take care to choose a ripe and crisp pear, slice, and enjoy!

Cheese Plate

A good cheese plate is delectable and satisfying–like ice cream for adults. Your cheese plate should have at least three cheeses, and full-flavored cheeses will make a better pair with a whiskey. Here are some suggestions: Choose different cheeses that are within the same family, be it blue cheeses, Gouda, or cheddar. Or, choose one cheese of cow’s milk, one of sheep’s milk, and one of goat’s milk. Also think about textures, and you could choose one soft cheese, one hard cheese, and one in the middle. Your local deli manager will be able to help.


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imageJohn McLaughlin was in India and I had to be there. There is something mesmerizing about this idol of mine who is spiritually very Indian! He performed in Chennai on the 4th of April, 2014 and Mumbai on the 5th of April. Luckily enough I was in Chennai on the night of the 4th of April due to an official meeting. Travel was never a prerogative to me but then since I was there, I managed to source a pass through a friend who was in Chennai already. I had to pester and butter him before he actually agreed to go across and get a pass for me. Online, all the passes were sold out and there was no way I could have gotten in. VIP pass was what the need of the hour was and he managed it for me.

The event was sponsored by Black Dog and known as Black Dog Easy Evening with John McLaughlin and the Fourth Dimension. This was his first tour in Asia in the last 5 years and with his longest standing band – The 4th Dimension, featuring multi-instrumentalist Gary Husband on Piano and drums, bassist ‘extra-ordinaire’ Etienne M`Bappe, and powerhouse Indian drummer Ranjit Barot.

The event, sponsored by Black Dog Easy Evenings, meant that patrons and connoisseurs would be lapping up an evening of refreshments and straight-up jazz fusion. The mini-bar set up by the event sponsors, serving the all new Black Dog Triple Gold Reserve, sure did keep spirits alive. But absolutely nothing could steal the limelight away from these legendary showstoppers who were about to mesmerize us for the next few hours.We Know We Know: John McLaughlin & The 4th Dimension, Live from St. Andrews

In his usual playful self, McLaughlin set off, digging into his setlist. Since the band is currently touring for their latest album, The Boston Record, Saturday’s set was packed with many compositions off the album. His guitar yielded the deepest and most intricate of jazz scales moving from ‘Raju’, ‘Little Miss Valley’, ‘Senor C.S.’, etc. to ‘Abbaji’ and many others. ‘Abbaji’ had Ranjit Barot stepping in on vocals, with backing vocals provided by the rest of the members. It was a confluence of several kindred spirits – not just genres, but different emotions as well. A land where the soulful, yet, turbulent sounds of the electric guitar meet the bouncy rhythm of the bass and the fluid, clinking keyboards – all held together by the percussive, pounding notes of the drums.

While their set came to an end, the band bowed and exited the stage, leaving the crowd hungry for ‘that one encore song’. People just refused to vacate the auditorium. I am sure McLaughlin hit those notes on the first chord, and somebody in the crowd yelled, ‘You Know You Know’…. What next? The shrieks wouldn’t just stop for the next few minutes. The next four minutes was a roller coaster ride back in the 70’s, when I wasn’t even born, after which they finally exited the stage.

I was so deep in my thoughts that before I knew it, I was back at the hotel with thoughts about work filling me up deep!

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I often have chocolate cravings. I dunno but at such a time, the kid in me is generally craving for chocolate so much so that I feel like throwing a tantrum. However, the combination of Liquor and Chocolate is one such heavenly combo that you cannot stop having until you are forced to. How about combining Black Dog Triple Gold Reserve and my favorite chocolate in one. Something that I can carry anywhere and have any place! I found one such recipe on the net and am sharing the same with you!

Liquor filled chocolates

Yield: 90

8 oz

(8 oz)


240 g

1 ½ Cup + 2 Tbsp

(13 oz)

Extra fine granulated sugar

390 g

1 Cup

( 8 oz)

Black Dog Triple Gold Reserve

240 g

As needed


Candied Orange peel (Optional)


4 Tablespoons

(2 oz)

Unsalted butter, soft

60 g


4 Tablespoons

(2 oz)

Confectionery Fondant

60 g

1. Prepare chocolate shells in molds which will provide a stable vessel. (Do not use molds with a rounded top). Set aside.

2. Bring water and sugar to a boil and boil for a full minute. Let cool to room temperature.

3. Measure 8 oz (240 g) of the cooled syrup (set remaining imageamount aside). Add an equal amount of Grand Marnier to the measured syrup.

4. Place a piece of candied orange peel in each chocolate cup. If using a very small piece chances are that the peel will float to the surface. Use a small amount of crystallized chocolate to “Adhere” the candied peel in the cup and thus prevent floating.

5. Fill the cups with the liquor syrup ensuring no dripping on the edges.

6. Cream the butter with the fondant and warm the mixture to make it very runny.

7. Pipe a thin layer of the mixture onto the syrup which will automatically flout to the surface. Allow to firm at room temperature-this will only take minutes.


8. Seal the chocolates with a small amount of chocolate thinned with the addition of 15% of grapeseed oil.

9. The chocolates do not need to be refrigerated.

Source and Image credits to Chef Eddy:

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Dinner at our place is generally a very quiet and formal affair where liquor is not really a part of the food. However, when we are out with friends, we try to make best use of the freedom that we get. Most of the time it is being boisterous and loud with little care about what people have to think about us. It is for this reason that we generally choose a place that has no qualms hosting us.

BD TGR_Easel 3x2-opt2There was this one time the last month when it was a guys’ night out and all of us boys from college had met up to have fun and catch up on a little about each other’s life. After all, we could not make it to meeting every day! Going with the way we generally end up deciding where to go, we ended up meeting at a friend’s place. He was one of those lucky few who still lived a bachelor life. Whenever we pestered him asking why he was not getting married, he always told us he was too young to get hitched!

That aside, we ended up ordering spicy Andhra style meals from one of the famous restaurants near his house and we pooled in for a couple of bottles of Black Dog Triple Gold Reserve. We were all meeting in the evening and had already planned to spend the night at his place. So there was no worry about driving responsibly or about getting back home to the warmth!

The food arrived and the bottles were opened. Spicy Andhra food and TGR went as well as us friends with each other. Mixing like salt in water, you can never make out how the two are different, yet they give each other a body and a great taste!

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Interplay of vibrant colors is the key this summer

Bangalore, May 15, 2014: Blumerq, a trendy clothesline for DSC8419 copymen with over 300 fashion stores nationwide, announced its spring and summer ’14 collection offering a wide range of exclusivecasual’s apparel, from tees to polos, shirts, bottoms and denims.

Blumerq Spring/Summer 2014 collection – This season’s collection expresses digital aesthetics & sensuous nature with interplay of colors & splashes of bright shades in tandem with Brand’s inspiration – Music.

The colour palette boasts of lime green, yellows and sea blues accompanied by gray tones in hazy print effects.SS14 collection is offered using various wash techniques giving a vintage summer feel.

DSC8475Blumerq Tees and Polos – Crew and V neck Tees are crafted with Tie dye & ombre dye technique. Also, introducing a new range with special treatments by giving a washed down as well as a techno feel that can be worn both at a casual evening gathering or a leisure outing. The polos are in dark tones using different techniques from tie dye to color sprays. Apart from these, basic line of polos come in myriad of colors making it a must have in every youth’s wardrobe, be it the all-time Red, the flashy Yellow or the aqua shades to cool the summer.

Blumerq Shirts – Woven shirts are designed in Pastel bright from solid oxfords to space dye stripes. Medium checks in bright accent colors, Printed shirts in light weight cotton are balanced with linens and pinpoint oxford in neutral colors. This summer Blumerq is also introducing a new range of color blocked shirts in tonal colors that can be worn both at work and on a weekend.DSC8515

Blumerq Bottoms and Denims – The casual bottoms are also getting colourful this summer from burnt brick red to the ever aqua green. It is not only the colors that are new, Blumerq have some trendiest fits that will add an edge to one’s look. Blumerq has a perfect pair for every knit tee or a woven shirt. The same goes for the denims; Blumerq is expanding the line with newer & trendier fits in various colors and washes, thus completing the Summer/Spring 14 collection.

Choose Blumerq this Spring/Summer for an exciting palette and refreshed prints for all the summer wardrobe needs. The SS 14 Blumerq collection is all set to welcome you at Blumerq stores and available across all leading e-commerce sites. The price range varies from 399 to 1899.

DSC8566About Blumerq:

Blumerq a subsidiary of Blue Mercury was established in the early 2012 exclusively addressing the identity and aspirations of today’s youth. Their line epitomizes new, casual chic styles that will set every young man rolling in glamour and charisma. Speaking the universal language of music and yet, touching upon a wide range of styles, they have the trendiest options in Shirts, Tees, Polos, Shorts, Denims and Chinos. These have been exclusively designed to cater to the urban youth, particularly targeting young men who are inclined towards music. Very fresh in its approach, Blumerq resonates with the Pop culture and therefore, stands out in a market full of generic apparel.

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One of the biggest arguments that my brother and I have is about pairing Scotch with food. While he believes that it would go best with only spicy foods I have a belief that it is not necessary that the two items should always be made for each other. There are some food items that compare with scotch like the earth and water. The two never seem to mix. However, if you look closely, water is found within earth and there are several particles of earth that are often mixed in water without realizing.

Something similar would be about mixing ice cream and Triple Gold Reserve. Some people may think of this as a weird combination. However, I do not think so. We have all had a coke float at least once in our life. This combination that I am talking about is something similar. While Scotch can be had on the rocks, with water or soda; there are several of us who love to mix it with Coke/Pepsi/Thums Up!Poster-1

Now this is where the twist comes! When you pair an ice cream with scotch, you get a divine combination of something that’s sweet yet bitter. Something that will awaken your senses, yet mellow it down. There are some things that we must try as a hatke. It makes life a lot more fun. This kind of a float can be had at parties and is sure to have your guests eating out of your hand and even asking for a second, third or maybe even a fourth serving.

Let me know what you think of such a combination. Interesting, outrageous or down right out of this world! Personally, this happens to be one of my favorites when I am alone and with only my adult friends and no kids around!!!

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Motorola launches Moto E on Flipkart in India

A Smartphone that is Made to Last. Priced for All.


 From left - Michael Adnani, Punit Soni, Magnus Ahlqvist, Lauren Gellman, Amit BoniMay 13. New Delhi – Motorola Mobility brings Moto E – the next smartphone designed to expand the power of internet to mobile users in India. The Moto E would be exclusively available on for as little as INR 6,999 starting tonight at 00:00 hours. India was the first market where the phone was unveiled followed by launches in five other countries in the world.


Motorola is pushing the boundaries of the value equation even further with Moto E, a new class of smartphone that’s fully loaded and fairly priced — a perfect combination for savvy shoppers and first-time smartphone buyers. Smartphones haven’t always come at smart prices and Motorola believes that people shouldn’t have to compromise on quality, style or experience.


‘Moto E is an incredibly powerful smartphone designed for buyers who are price sensitive and those who have not been able to experience the internet on their feature phones. We have been successful in packing spectacular features at a price which we believe would be affordable for buyers in India and other emerging markets. We are focused on bringing smart solutions for real consumer problems.’  – Magnus Ahlqvist, Corporate Vice President, EMEA & APAC, Motorola Mobility.


Moto E has been perfectly tuned to the needs of Indian mobile users and stands true to Motorola’s mission of bringing power packed smartphones that are smartly priced. In an exclusive partnership with Flipkart, Motorola entered the market with the Moto G, an exceptional phone at an exceptional price and now the best-selling smartphone in Motorola history. This was followed by the introduction of Moto franchise and flagship Moto X, which brought new value to smartphone buyers through exclusive experiences like Touchless Control and the fastest software upgrades in the industry.


“Once again we bring great selection and service to our customers in partnership with Motorola Mobility. We have seen a very positive response for the Moto G and Moto X. And now, the combination of Motorola and Flipkart brings Moto E – giving everyone the opportunity to own a smartphone that is true value for money.” says Sachin Bansal, Co-founder and CEO, Flipkart.


Motorola was the first company to bring consumers the cellular phone, the flip phone and a really, really thin feature phone.  With the Moto E, the company wants to radically transform the mobile industry once again by making quality smartphones that can do great things available to practically everyone. Motorola believes it’s time the feature phone era came to an end and that quality smartphones are made accessible and affordable for all.


Say hello to Moto E and join us in officially saying goodbye to the feature phone forever.


Moto E: Made to Last. Priced for All.

Features and specifications:


Built to last

Moto E has a high-resolution 4.3” display with 256ppi, the sharpest in its class. Everything from photos to videos to web pages comes to life in brilliant detail. Plus, Corning® Gorilla® Glass and a water-resistant splash guard help protect it for lasting durability.


Power to last

With a long-lasting 1980 mAh battery you can go all day without plugging in.1 So you can think about everything you want to do, not how much time you have to do it.


Software to last

Moto E runs Android™ 4.4.2 KitKat®, the latest version of the world’s most popular mobile platform. And with a guaranteed upgrade,2 you’ll know you’re always up to date with the best Android experience.


Style to last

Moto E features colorful interchangeable backs — called Motorola Shells — providing more than 20 color and design combinations to let you personalize the look of your phone.3


More features:

       Powerful Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 200 processor with dual-core CPU and 1GB RAM, all the power you need to multi-task without slowing down.

       5MP rear-facing camera with Motorola’s streamlined camera interface; touch anywhere on the screen to take a shot, capture panoramic pictures or record video.

       microSD slot for up to 32GB of expandable memory to save photos, videos, music, movies and apps.

       Built-in FM radio — just tune in to listen to your favorite stations or pick up a new signal.

       Dual SIM with intelligent calling. Moto E learns your usage pattern to determine the best SIM for an outgoing call.


And the best part — it’s priced starting at just INR 6,999 on


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About Motorola Mobility

Motorola Mobility, owned by Google, creates smartphones, tablets and wireless accessories that simplify, connect and enrich people’s lives. For more information, visit


About Flipkart

Launched in October 2007, is India’s leading e-commerce marketplace offering over 10 million products across 70+ categories.


·        Registered users – 18 million

·        Daily visits – 3.5 million

·        Technology enables 5 million shipments/month

·        Sellers on platform – 3000

·        Team strength – 10,000

Now as we were discussing in the previous post about how the Black Dog Scotch Whisky is manufactured today, we have an interesting story about how and why the 4 whisky producing regions are perfectly married in it.

Wikipedia states that as of 23 November 2009, the Scotch Whisky Regulations 2009 (SWR) define and regulate the production, labeling, packaging as well as the advertising of Scotch whisky in the United Kingdom. They replace previous regulations that focused solely on production. International trade agreements have the effect of making some provisions of the SWR apply in various other countries as well as in the UK. The SWR define “Scotch whisky” as whisky that is:image

1.      Produced at a distillery in Scotland from water and malted barley (to which only whole grains of other cereals may be added) all of which have been:

a.      Processed at that distillery into a mash

b.      Converted at that distillery to a fermentable substrate only by endogenous enzyme systems

c.      Fermented at that distillery only by adding yeast

d.      Distilled at an alcoholic strength by volume of less than 94.8% (190 US proof)

2.      Wholly matured in an excise warehouse in Scotland in oak casks of a capacity not exceeding 700 liters (185 US gal; 154 imp gal) for at least three years

3.      Retaining the color, aroma, and taste of the raw materials used in, and the method of, its production and maturation

4.      Containing no added substances, other than water and plain (E150A) caramel coloring

5.      Comprising a minimum alcoholic strength by volume of 40% (80 US proof)

Black Dog’s Scotches follow all the above rules and are made using the Barley that is grown in the Lowlands, water from the Speyside, distilled in the Islands and finally matured in the Highlands. These Scotches are matured in the Highlands for a reason. The weather is fairly constant through the year and it is neither too cold nor too warm. It is just right for the wood to breathe and allow the scotch to soak in the flavor.

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