India’s fastest growing whiskey by volume; Black Dog is a fast growing beverage that is making headlines. It is triple gold reserve whiskey. It is considered one of the finest whiskeys in the world. It has an exquisite and elegant reputation of its own; it has a stature and enhances the drinker’s popularity and standard. It has been awarded a few gold medals at spirit conventions and has been garnered with many popular felicitations through its years of production. It has two gold awards from the International Taste and Quality Institute in Brussels and a silver award in the International Wine and Spirit Competition and also a bronze award at the International Spirits Challenge 2017. This drink is surrounded by a sophistication of its own sorts.
The love and honor bestowed on this whiskey come as no surprise as the maturity, flavor, texture and aroma all these elements come together to give this an admirable experience. This article is all about the Black Dog- Triple Gold Reserve and all its attributes. The packaging and bottle do not have much information to offer about the drink or the company. This article covers the blend, packaging, production, manufacture, color, texture, aroma and taste if the alcohol.
The box that the bottle is packaged in is a classic gold cardboard box. The gold color gives the simple box
elegance and grandeur. The box has a label with detailing in black stating the company name and the
beverage name ‘Black Dog Triple Gold Reserve.’ It also states that the company was established in 1883.
An illustration of some mountains also adorns the box. The box also states that the whiskey has been
triple matured. The box also describes the whiskey a little by stating that the whiskey is an aged grain
and malt whiskey. It also states that the third maturation in carried out in cherry casks. It finally
describes the whiskey as a blended scotch whiskey. And finally the box reveals that the whiskey is
distilled, aged and blended in Scotland. The side faces of the whiskey have the words ‘Black Dog’
inscribed in a thick black bold font. The back of the box contains some information about the whiskey
and the company along with the blenders. The box also states the price of the whiskey, which is about
Rs.2450 for a bottle of 750ml volume subject to location. The box also states the alcohol by volume
percentage of the whiskey to be about 42.8% like most Indian standard whiskeys.
The bottle is a beautifully shaped bottle, which is rectangular in shape with rounded edges. The bottle has a plastic cap with the name of the company. The bottle has a label stating the name of the company and the alcohol. The label states that it is a glass bottle and that the company was established in 1883. The label also has the name of the alcohol along with the illustrations of the mountains. It states that the alcohol has been triple matured and is a blended scotch whiskey. The alcohol label is very similar to the one on the box packaging.
Black Dog company has a crest that looks like a fishing fly as the owner of the Black Dog company James MacKinlay was an established fisherman and he used a fishing fly to hunt. In the beginning of the 20th century the fishing fly had a popular name called Black Dog and hence the name of the whiskey. Triple Matured The triple maturation is an attribute associated specially with this particular whiskey namely the ‘Black Dog Triple Gold Reserve.’ The malted barley used in the blend is matured in a different cask than the Indian Grain Spirit whiskey. They are matured in traditional American charred oak barrels. The matured whiskeys are brought together and blended again in a big barrel which is a cherry barrel and the blended whiskey is matured again for a pre-decided duration of time in the cherry casks. The triple maturation gives the whiskey a distinctive flavor and a delicate finish.
This whiskey comes under the jurisdiction of O.S.B.I which is an acronym for OverSeas brand Bottling in India. The jurisdiction states that the whiskey is made in Scotland and brought to another country in barrels and containers. The bottling process of the whiskeys from the barrels is done in Indian manufacturing units. The whiskey in the barrel is undiluted. When it is imported in India, the USL-United Spirit Limited which is a company owned by Diageo dilutes it and is responsible for the packaging and bottling of this whiskey. The bottling occurring in India gives the company in advantage where it doesn’t have to pay import duties on each bottle.
The Black Dog whiskey is unique for its unique blend of more than 25 whiskeys that are proportionally mixed and diluted and perfectly blend in this whiskey. The whiskeys used are malted barley as well as grain whiskeys and give the beverage its unique and exquisite flavor. The best whiskeys from the regions of Speyside, Highlands, Lowlands and Islay are used in making this whiskey. It is believed to be 12 years of age but there exists no age statement.
The Gold Reserve isn’t the only whiskey sold by Black Dog but approximately another four whiskeys are
sold. Black Dog Quintessence is a popular whiskey which has been aged for 21 years, which is also a
blended Scotch whiskey. The Black Dog Reserve is another blended Scotch whiskey which has been aged
for 18 years. Another whiskey manufactured by the company is the Black Dog Gold Reserve which has
been aged for about 12 years, which was earlier known as the ‘Deluxe Gold’ whiskey. Another one of the
company’s production is the Black Dog Centenary. And the latest addition to the family is ‘Black Dog
Triple Gold Reserve.’
The color of the whiskey is an elegant amber color. The color is not too dark compared to other
The primary essence that is felt is of the flavors of cherry and vanilla. The whiskey gives off a sweet hint
The whiskey is neither aggressive not over powering. It is refreshing and does not give a burning
sensation. The whiskey gives a smoky flavor and the taste of the oak is also experienced. Vanilla and
cherry also give a good mouth feel. A sweet taste of honey and caramel also make this drink sweet in
nature. A spicy flavor of pepper is also experienced. The aftertaste is not dry but rather fruity and floral
and is refreshing. The finish is amazing and fruitful.