Appreciation of the perfect scotch whisky – The Black Dog Triple Gold Reserve (Episode 2)

Appreciation of the perfect scotch whisky – The Black Dog Triple Gold Reserve
(Episode 2)

Recap: Yesterday I spoke a lot Mr. Andrew Skene, a scotch patron and connoisseur and the how he started the Black Dog TGR appreciation session with us explaining how the word "Whisky" came into place. As promised, today I will be writing about the origin of Black Dog Scotch and the reason behind this name.

Andrew started the session with a brief history of Black Dog as a brand and the reason why it was named ‘Black Dog’. He was carrying with him this Black Dog fly, which was altogether a different experience for us. 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 hit hard my nostrils. It was extremely strong. And now we understand why the process of maturation was needed. It made the whisky a lot mellowed down!

Sir Walter Millard was a Scot and India was under the British rule those days. He left for Scotland in search of a perfect Whisky. A whisky, to be termed as Scotch must be produced and matured in Scotland, and nowhere else. His search ended in a blend created by James Mackinlay, of the second generation of the Leith Scotch Whisky blending family.

Now, for those of us who do not know the art of Fly Fishing, here is picture. The Fly, is at an angle and acts as bait for the Fishes. Sir Walter Millard was very fond of this lazy style of Fishing. His favourite Fly, the Black Dog. Hence, he named the Scotch after his Fishing Fly, Black Dog. He used to fish in the Spey and Tay rivers in Scotland during early 19th Century. The fly is very attractive and it is indeed very sharp. 

That is all for this episode. Come back tomorrow and I will share more information on Black Dog TGR and its journey.

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