Sunday, May 11, 2014

21 years of Liquid Gold

The Black Dog 21 years old is indeed pure liquid gold. Hand crafted to meticulous perfection by the Master Blender. Only 25 of the finest single malts and grain whiskies have been drawn from the Highland region of Scotland, in particular from the beautiful Speyside Valley to provide that special key – “finesse”. 

Like a loving partnership each individual part has made its own inimitable contribution. Balance and harmony prevails throughout this noble elegant spirit. Thanks to a long marrying period in the finest Oloroso sherry butts this has only been achieved. However it should be recognized these are not just any sherry butts, they are specially selected from Spain's noblest Bodegas of Gonzalez Byass in Jerez de la Frontera. Aged in the finest Oloroso sherry for minimum of 30 years these Matusalem butts provide the perfect platform to marry and mold Black Dog 21 years old Blended Scotch Whisky.

It is recommended to take a generous mouthful of this superb blend without any water or ice. Hold it long in the mouth, both on top and underneath the tongue. This will greatly assist in unlocking these sensational characteristics. 

Colour – intense amber gold with shimmering highlights

Nose – a harmony of delight orchestrated by a multitude of seductive aromas immediately arouse the senses. Soft peaches and ripe citrus fruits coupled with pear, marzipan and bergamot begin this flirtatious fanfare. The aged malt whiskies from the Speyside valley make their own inimitable contribution by adding that distinctive charm and finesse. Velvet and smooth. The hand of time in the finest sherry wood has weaved its magic spell to perfection.

Taste –  Bold and magnificent. This outstanding blend must be given the reverence and respect it richly deserves. For twenty one year’s these aged single malts and grain whiskies have remained dormant in the cold dark warehouses before they were finally blended together by our master Blender. 

Therefore the spirit must be held long on the palate for at least twenty one seconds to awaken its many hidden attributes. Like a rare masterpiece it will reveal its inner beauty. It’s inner world. Intense flavors of Seville oranges, ripe sweet mangoes and ginger spice reward the palate, then whispers of bitter chocolate, liquorice and crushed almonds drift lovingly on.

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