We were given the privilege of interacting with Andrew Skene, a scotch expert at the Puma Social Club today. He was here to tell us more about Black Dog’s Triple Gold Reserve, our favorite scotch, all the way from Scotland. We are really grateful to Black Dog for inviting us over for this session.
A little about Andrew –
· Hailing from Aberdeen, Scotland, on the doorstep of Speyside (Scotland’s whisky producing heartland), Andrew grew up with a love for Scotch whisky, its culture, and socio-economic significance.
· With a background in Marketing & Branding, and a certificate of expertise in sales and service of Scotch whisky, Andrew set off in 2003 to bring his passion for Scotch whisky to South Asia.
· Since setting up Spirit of Scotland Pvt. Limited in 2006, in Singapore, Andrew has created various Scotch whisky concepts, organized and run numerous tasting and training sessions over the last decade.
While Andrew was here, he carried on him various articles of interest that we had only heard about. He spoke at length about how scotch was made back home and also what went into making Black Dog TGR “The Black Dog Triple Gold Reserve.”
It was also the first time that we had seen a Black Dog Fly in real after seeing it several times over the internet and hearing so much about it. Now I can appreciate and understand why the Black Dog was Walter Millard’s favorite, so much so that he named the brand after it. We were also made privy to the actual spirit that is got post the distillation process. I must say, it kind of burnt my nostrils. It was so strong. No wonder the process of maturation was needed. It made the whisky a lot mellowed down! Did you know that the word whisky was an Anglicized name of “Usquebaugh
” which is what the Scots referred to Whisky when they first started making it; that it means the water of life and was supposed to be had very conservatively?
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