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How to Pair Black Dog with Your Favorite Chocolate – A Guide

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I was researching on the topic of Chocolate & Scotch paring together for a while, so I combined many flavors of chocolate with various Black Dog variants to figure out which one is the most suitable with which flavor.

Scotch and Chocolate pairing

Scotch and Chocolate

While pairing chocolate and scotch collectively, take the scotch on a palate & move it around the mouth for few seconds and let the flavors assemble. Then swallow it, and after that linger for a few seconds. Now put a bit of chocolate on your tongue. Its time to get pleasure from both of them as chocolate melts slowly and both chocolate and scotch comes together. The face of your tongue will taste the sweetness, the back will tang bitter taste and the sides will notice an acerbic taste. Keep in mind & always allow the chocolate to liquefy, do not chew it to diminish the taste of the scotch. As the chocolate melts, more flavors will be unconstrained.

Black Dog Celebrating 130 Years

Black Dog Celebrating 130 Years

Keep in mind that chocolate helps to circumvent alcohol blaze and helps you to get the awesome taste of the Scotch. But keep in mind that as not every chocolate tastes the same, same is true for scotches. Honey and Hazelnut bout with the Golden color and sweetness of Honey will match with the honey flavored in Black Dog Centenary which is the Black Dog 8YO Scotch. If you like the chocolate with a taste of Ginger, then it will go with the Black Dog Quintessence or the 21 Year Old variant of the Black Dog family.

Black Dog

Black Dog

If you are like me then you may like to have the chocolate which has butterscotch flavor; in that case, it can perfectly match with Black Dog 18 YO which is also popular among its drinker as BD Centenary. In today’s big retails store you will find many chocolates that come with Almond and Cashew flavors, those kinds of chocolates can be consumed with Black Dog Quintessence.

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Enjoying Holi with Friends & Black Dog – Part Three

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We all were playing Holi with much fun, joy & lots of colors, only Adi was bit depressed but we knew sooner or later Zubia will join us. So we were enjoying our play. All of a sudden Zubi jumped from no where with a bucket of red color. Adi was so thrilled to watch Zubi joined us. As we all know that the tradition of Holi is to drink ‘Bhang’ but we all had a different plan, we lined up few bottles of Black Dog 8yrs aka BD Centenary, alongside BD 12yrs aka BD Deluxe, I had a bottle of BD 18yrs aka BD Reserve on my car’s dickey, but as usual it was for the evening chill out.

Black Dog

Black Dog

We had a bug bucket where we mixed both the variants of Black Dog & during play we enjoy it as a refresher. We had a lot’s of fun & at the end we all jumped together on the pool to clean the things.

Black Dog 18 Y.O

Black Dog 18 Y.O

At the evening we all dance together & not to mention enjoying our favorite foods along with BD Centenary. After the dinner we all teasing Adi to propose Zubia; that poor chap was on cloud nine after hearing Zubia saying “Aditya is very nice guy, I like him a lot”. He though that it’s a yes from her end. We insisted Adi to give it a try. We proposed her after offering her a glass of her beloved scotch the BD Deluxe. But Zubia, the Pyscho cunningly refused him by saying she’s not thinking about any serious relationship now as she has a long & prosperous future plan.

At night we all grabbed our bean bags & couches to watch an awesome romantic Hollywood movie. Many of us enjoyed the splendid aroma of BD Reserve – A truly noble spray of succulent malty tones and rich smooth textures with a tip-off of oloroso sherry in the background.

I asked Shilpa (one of close friend from school) how was the taste, she said just mind blowing, and I’m trying this variant of the Black Dog for the first time & if’s Round and mellow complex quixotic flavors with an unimpeachable balance of individual malt and grain whiskies and silky pliable tones that dance on the tongue.

After a long time I enjoyed the festival of color, fun & togetherness, for a long long time I will remember this year’s Holi as a very special occasion, not because we met with our old friends, but the way we played together, danced together & enjoy our favorite Scotch Black Dog together.

 

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Enjoying Holi with Friends & Black Dog

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First of all wish you & your family a very happy & colorful holi, hope you had a great day! Mine was just unbelievable. At around 7am I received a call from my school friend Zubia, who shifted to London last summer. She wakes me & tells me to get ready as soon as possible. Initially I though she was kidding, but when she said she is in the city & coming towards my house, that was a bombshell. Well she was one hot chic but a bit psycho!

BD Centenary

BD Centenary

I jumped from my bed & hit the shower, while preparing my breakfast, she knocked my door. We had our breakfast together. During it I asked her, what she is doing here. She explained she’s here for an office assignment & she has to capture few colorful images for her magazine back London. BTW she is an awesome photographer since school days. I said I had already booked schedule with Simran & other school buddies, so it will be a great Holi gift for them as well, she jumped & agreed with me to join.

We had our party at Aditya’s farm house just outside of the city; it’s an awesome place to relaxing & chilling out. The farm house is full of trees & an awesome swimming pool. All welcomed Zubia & appreciate her progress in life & as I mentioned earlier she she’s a bit psycho, she strictly instructed everyone to not pour any color on her expensive dress or on her camera.

Aditya who was flirting with Zubia since school days instructed us to follow her instructions & not to cross a 3fts radius of her. She was impressed. Adi brings her a glass of drink, when she asked what’s that, he explained that he wants her to relax & unwind with this awesome Black Dog Centenary & take her best shots of us.

…FEW MINUTES BACK…Adi visited me & said, finally he’s ready to tell her his feelings, but before that he needs to impress her with something. I knew Zubu is a big Black Dog Scotch fan, so I told me to bring the bottle from my car & serve her personally.

Black Dog Celebrating 130 Years

Black Dog Celebrating 130 Years

It’s worked! She was enjoying every bit of it by closing her eyes & she said …”umm…I just love the aroma of BD 8YO: Its Matured wood, toasted malt, mild honey sweetness, delicate butterscotch bordering on cream, with floral nuances that emerges at the end makes me crazy. Adi was highly flabbergasted as it really worked.

(To be continued)

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5 Killer Tips for First Time Scotch Drinker – A Must Read

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Today I’m going to discuss a very important topic for those who haven’t taste the amber gold colored Bold and magnificent Scotch, then you must not make any further hindrance. But before you sink your lips into it, here are some killer tips to make your experience a more stirring one:

Black Dog

Black Dog

Single-malt vs. blended-scotch – which is better?: It’s all a matter of taste preference. Single-malt simply suggests that a product made with malted-barley whisky from one distillery. This will mean totally different barrels or batches from the one distillery, and also the year on the label indicates the youngest barrel used in the product. Black Dog Quintessence is an awesome example of single malt premium Scotch whisky. An integrated scotch may be a product created with whisky from two or more totally different distilleries. It’s also more common for integrated scotch to use totally different grain scotches, like barley, wheat, corn, etc. The Black Dog Centenary aka 12YO is a perfect for any blended Scotch lover.

Older doesn’t equal better: Once again, it depends on the consumer & his/her taste, but keep in mind that a Scotch is not a Wine, so it’s not always true that ‘Older is Better’. A younger scotch may taste more fruity, with hints of vanilla. An older scotch may have a more intricate essence, with hints of caramel. The longer a scotch is aged in an oak cask, the more it will pick up flavor from the cask. The color of scotch is also resolute by the cask. A shady scotch has more prone to aged in an ex-sherry cask. Color is also exaggerated when the grain has been dry-smoked. The Black Dog Centenary which is a 8yrs old variant, BD Deluxe is 12 yrs old, Black Dog Reserve is an perfect example of 18 yrs old Scotch whereas the most expensive as well as finest true Scotch Whisky is Black Dog Quintessence which is 21yrs old.

Black Dog Celebrating 130 Years

Black Dog Celebrating 130 Years

Scotch is best served in tulip glasses: Instead of large glasses try to savor your Scotch (preferable Black Dog’s variants for best taste, aroma & overall experience) in a Tulip Glass, which is meant to incarcerate the aroma of the scotch. A wine glass is a good alternate. If neither is available, a low-ball is suitable.

Don’t swirl: You may be tempted to swirl your scotch, but resist the enticement! Swirling releases alcohol, which may overwhelm the true taste and aroma of the scotch.

Scotch is best served at room warmth: conventionally, scotch is served with a side of spring water. Add water, if desired, little by little to your taste. Many might think of avoiding the water, but reality adding adequate amount of water will enrich the taste of the Scotch. If you do prefer cold scotch however, pack your glass with ice rather than toting up one or two cubes. More ice will keep your scotch chilled, without diluting it too much.

 

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Cherishing the School Memories with Friends & Black Dog – Part Two

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Me & Simran chatted about half an hour about our past ^ present days, we laughed on all our past silly fights. Then my cell phone rang & I saw one of our friends was calling from the lounge. We joined them for the dinner at the dining area.

Black Dog Celebrating 130 Years

Black Dog Celebrating 130 Years

By the time we started main course our talks changed several times and all of us started sweet arguments on the current topic, in fact the argument increased our appetite and we had more food than usual.

As we were ending our main course I proposed to them who want to taste world’s best scotch? Like the school day’s all of them started shouting… Me..Me…Me…

Black Dog 18 Y.O

Black Dog 18 Y.O

Well all the nearby customers are in a shock as the place was a five star & everybody are so aristocrat in nature, those might even thinking, who are those hooligans? But does it matter to us? Hell No…I ordered a fresh bottle of BD Reserve which is the 18 Year Old variant of Black Dog.

The color of it is Deep, golden, glossy and mahogany. Everybody of us just loved the taste of it Round and smooth complex quixotic flavors with an immaculate balance of individual malt and grain whiskies and silky soft tones that dance on the tongue. I explained to them the finishing of BD Reserve, it’s luxuriously smooth and long, a testament to the malt & grain whiskies which have spent 18 long years in oak casks & vats. So pals savor it with every single sip.

We were served some Black Dog which made food so relishing that our conversations took backseat for a while.

Now was time for some lip smacking desserts and desserts combined with black dog is like fruit-salad with ice-cream, yummy and irresistible. It was such a fun-filled treat to all our sense that we decided to have such food n drinks every week n regenerate ourselves…

(To be continued)

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Cherishing the School Memories with Friends & Black Dog

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After a great party last night, I was very exhausted but due to a meeting at the office I had to go there. At around 2PM, one of my old school friends Tania called me up & invites me for a dinner-cum-re-union of old friends. With no choice left I had to say yes! At around 7PM we all visited the brand new 5 star restaurant in my city. The ambiance of a 5 star restaurant, its service and the staff is a great experience in itself and delicious food along with black dog is so much pleasurable that it makes a normal day into an eventful one…

BD 12 YO

BD 12 YO

All of us checked in and made ourselves comfortable then we opted for the buffet of the hotel and each one of us brought in small portions of starters and salads…

Whilst enjoying starters, all of us had started conversations about our memorable days and how we were friends as well as foes, as we use to fight at little silly things but were still inseparable. Those days were indescribable!

BD 12 YO

BD 12 YO

Few of us were more interested in hogging the delicious food than the conversation, as the food was gulped in and plate became empty each one of us got up to fill in the empty plates and stomach.

One of my closest school buddies is Simran; we had a great time together in school. So we decided to share some old memories together as we were meeting for the first time in over a decade. We silently moved towards the lounge to have a intimate chat in peace over a peg of finest scotch.

I started so Simi, you look nice! With a irate face she reply, “that’s it?” I knew she wants more, so I continued, waiter can we have a glass of best scotch for this hot, tempted, juvenile lady? The waiter delivered a couple of Black Dog Deluxe glasses on the ridge, as I called her hot (BTW She is the hottest of our school as well as college) her temper became a bit low. I continued, so darling, before you start arguing, just enjoy the very best scotch from the highlands of Scotland the Black Dog Deluxe. Enjoy the Robust malty, mellow woody, complex yet delicate aroma of sherry and vanillic sweetness with whispers of soft pettiness in the background.

After the first sip she fells aroused & replied in a soft tone “umm…loved its color, true Amber, with golden highlights.

(To be continued)

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Rocking Party with Black Dog – Part Two

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Natasha introduced me with the boss – Mr. Chopra, who has a passion about rich wines & scotches. He was delighted after came to know that I am also a scotch aficionado. During our discussion about business, sports & politics, he asked me so, which brand according to you is the best brand within the genre of scotch? Without any hesitation I replied, Black Dog Quintessence, sir! Don’t you think so? After a pause, he replied well, I never had the privilege to try it, but heard its good, but I personally prefer something else.

Black Dog

Black Dog

As Natasha was busy with the other guests, I begged pardon from Mr. Chopra for a minute. I even heard he was whispering with the other colleagues of his that, he made me flabbergasted & was laughing about it. I returned back with couple of glasses of whiskies & handed over one glass to Mr. Chopra & said, there you are Sir, this is your brand of scotch & I have mine, let’s enjoy the drink now. After the first sip, he self-righteously replied there you go, this is why I trusted this brand so much, just taste it you poor chap, just smell its aroma – Bold and magnificent. This outstanding blend must be given the veneration and respect it richly deserves.

I was smiling & enjoying my drink, when he finished, I gently asked so you agree that this is the best scotch you have ever tried? He boldly accepts yes! Try it; you will forget your Black Dog in no time! I started smiling once again, made him a bit of uncomfortable. He again tried to play his tricks by saying, so are you agreeing with me? I said no Sir. He then said ok dear just try my brand of scotch. I said, I am already having the same drink which you are holding; the only thing is I am not enjoying your scotch brand, you’re enjoying mine! And you just proclaimed that the scotch you just tasted is the best in the world by far. All the nearby audiences were stunned, after a long pause, Mr. Chopra started laughing & tapped me on my shoulder & said well done Youngman! But tell me what the name of this awesome scotch is? I replied Sir, it’s Black Dog Quintessence, a 21YO variant of the 130 year’s old brand, hope you enjoyed the Intense flavors of Seville oranges, ripe sweet mangoes and ginger spice reward the palate, and then whispers of bitter chocolate, liquorices and crushed almonds drift lovingly on.

Black Dog Celebrating 130 Years

Black Dog Celebrating 130 Years

Before leaving he replied,” you have change my opinion, very few people have the ability to do this, I’m impressed, Natasha, I like this man.”

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Rocking Party with Black Dog – Part One

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Earlier today received a call from Natasha about the late evening party at her new rented apartment. She was worried as she wasn’t fully finished the décor of the brand new home lounge. I replied don’t worry I will take an early leave from my office & after finishing the shopping of the other essential accessories & the best alcohol bottles for your guests.

Black Dog

Black Dog

At around 4PM I departed from my office to buy all the stuffs for her party, she joined me at the half-way & we both visited the best wine shop to buy some world class wines. She asked what about world class whiskies? I said if you want I know a place where we can get the best of whiskies – Black Dog 21 YO which is the grand daddy of them all. She joyfully nodded her head & said let’s go. Then we travelled to the heart of the city to buy a bottle of Black Dog Quintessence. I asked her what about the rest of the variants? She replied I know the BD 8yrs aka BD Centenary, it’s awesome & yesterday tried the BD 12yrs aka BD Deluxe, both are awesome, but never tried the BD 18yrs aka BD Reserve, how is it? I replied the taste of the Black Dog 18YO is Round and mellow complex quixotic flavors with an immaculate balance of individual malt and grain whiskies and silky soft tones that dance on the tongue.

BD 21 YO

BD 21 YO

She replied with a smile…”hmm…sounds interesting” ok get a bottle of it too… after the shopping we reached her home & finished all the décor work before the guests started pouring in. she introduced me with her all the colleagues & as a perfect hosts, we served the best food along with the best scotch – Black Dog to the guests.

(To be continued)

 

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Dinner with Friend & Black Dog

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After settle down to an open window side, I asked so ma’am I know you are an expert of Spanish cuisine; so place the order. When the waiter came she place three dishes for the night – she explained when I asked what she ordered. Paella is synonymous with Spanish cuisine, an item of Spanish rice, Patatas Bravas which is a dish where Chopped potatoes are fried and covered in a spicy tomato sauce along with Tortilla Española aka Spanish omelet.

BD 12 YO

BD 12 YO

After delivering the food the waiter politely asked sir, would you & ma’am like to drink something? She said “hmm…do you have any variants of Black Dog?” The waiter replied, “yes ma’am we have BD 8yrs aka BD Centenary, BD 12yrs aka BD Deluxe, BD 18yrs aka BD Reserve, which one you both want?” she looked at me & said, “So Mr. BD Specialist, which one should I order?” I said what about the Deluxe? She nodded her head with a smile.

Black Dog Celebrating 130 Years

Black Dog Celebrating 130 Years

I asked her why did you asked me to choose the drink. She replied well, I know you are a big fan of Black Dog, so though you know better which one is suitable for this evening. I replied with a confidence, yeah! You can say so! (With a wink). I ordered BD Deluxe now as it’s perfectly fitted the ambiance of this restaurant. Look at the walls of this fine restaurants – it’s awesome amber in color where as Black Dog Deluxe has the same amber color with a golden highlights. She started laughing & said “maan gaye Guruji”. Then we enjoyed the awesome Spanish food with Black Dog Deluxe & spent the best time together after a long time. After the dinner she asked me, so would you come tomorrow to help me setting up the bar? I said let’s see…

(To be continued)

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Must Have Accessories for a Home Bar – Part Two

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Natasha was very impressed as well as happy with all the buying so far, so she completely relying on me for the rest also. After reaching the third & final store for the night, we were straight visited to the sitting section for bars where we picked few Bubble Bar Stools by Delight. I asked her in jest so do you prefer Android or Apple? She replied with a smile, can’t you see I’m using iPhone 5! Then with the same manner I replied ok then let’s buy iPhone Coasters.

Black Dog Celebrating 130 Years

Black Dog Celebrating 130 Years

After seeing the coasters she jumped with delight as it matches with her tastes. As the clock hits 9PM, she asked me how long it will take to wrap all the things. I replied couple of more then we will visit the restaurants beside the shop. They are famous for Spanish cuisine. She agreed & we moved to the next section to buy few LED Ice Buckets, which is one of my personal favorite. Just besides the section, she picked up few bottle openers. Meanwhile I brought her a book called “Mr. Boston – Official Bartender & Party Guide. Mr. Boston is filled with information covering everything from how to set up a home bar to planning a party. With 1200 recipes, this book is a must-have for anyone interested in alcohology.

Black Dog Celebrating 130 Years

Black Dog Celebrating 130 Years

Finally we picked up few stylish glasses to complete our shopping journey for the night. She asked me are we done. I said there are few things left, I will bring it tomorrow. She smiled & thanked me for everything so far. Then we moved towards our car to put all the baggage & visit the restaurant for an awesome Spanish food fiesta!

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