The Black Dog Hangover

Wine tasting…..*check*

But Whiskey Appreciation….this I had to see.

Whiskey is considered a “classy” drink. Not something you would associate with student life in Delhi. So I jumped with an affirmative, the moment I received the invitation. Despite the fact that my trimester exams were to begin the very next day. I followed the star like the wise men.  Yes, booze has this effect and especially if it is free. And since it was a closed event for bloggers, I get to brag about it a bit more.

The event was at Strikers Pub and Brewery in Gurgaon. A pretty decent place with a smoking room and a  nice ambiance. Did I mention smoking room? The event started with a brief history of Black Dog. (Random Trivia: The name comes from the fishing lure, the founder James MacKinlay loved). And a short description of how scotch is prepared, the difference between Single Malt and Blended Whiskey and the effects of various ingredients e.g. the type of peat used, the oak used etc. In the end, these small differences make a huge difference in the taste, aroma, colour and robustness of the Whiskey.

We were a bit surprised witness  Wine glasses on the table. But were told and later experienced that the Wine glasses do expatiate the aroma.

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And then came the moment we were all waiting for. The “holy” spirit descended on us all. There were three to be precise; An 8 year old, a 12 year old and an 18 year old.

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The bottles were opened one at a time. Each round of drinks was

accompanied by food items specially ordered for the particular aged whiskey. As the robustness increased with age, so did of the accompaniments. Starting with King Prawn and Hung Curd stuffed in Bread Rolls to Lamb Chops.

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Finally our host made two scotch cocktails for us. And they were quite good. For: https://www.facebook.com/blackdogeasyevenings

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An Easy Evening

Black Dog’s lazy evenings is something I looked forward to. Two reasons: a) I like good scotch and b) It had the word “Easy”. Scotch is historically known as a drink of the elite. Most of you would have imagined an old or rather middle aged monocled guy, smoking a pipe, reading a newspaper, sipping scotch from a crystal glass while sitting besides a fireplace (Photo not included so you will have to imagine the Penguin from Batman)

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But  scotch can be a drink for the young and the evening at Westin was to prove that……

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With a performance by Melissa Totten, the Madonna impersonator. who brought the crowd to it’s feet.

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It was a spectacular 1.5 hrs show that featured music from the 80s, a number of dress changes and a lot of energy.

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Though I had gone there for the scotch, still there was other stuff too. The organisers had made sure that they catered to different tastes; from wine to vodka, cocktails to rum. There was something for everyone.

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Overall an enjoyable evening. As for me, I was enjoying my scotch…and as the tagline says “Let The World Wait”

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Four-Seasons and One Cheri

Bacchus was on a roll when Four Seasons followed their previous event with a Food Festival at Cheri One. This time they used Wine as an ingredient in the cooking. The event was at Cheri this time, a lovely place in the Mehrauli area.

The growing popularity of the Four Season events can be guessed by looking at the blogger turnout which had grown threefold from the previous one.

Mr. Abhay Kewadkar, the chief wine maker at Four Seasons started the event by sharing with us the finer points of Wine and Wine making. This was followed by a live cook-out session by Chef Raman of Cheri.

Both vegetarian and meat based dishes were prepared by the Chef and he used the Four Season wines in all of his recipes.

Again, like the previous event, the Lunch was served in courses with each course being accompanied by a type of Wine.

In the evening, as we attacked the piping hot Pizza that had just arrived, I looked back at the day that had been.

A day filled with fun, laughter, blogger friends, good food and Wine of course.

 

Chip or Dale

And finally I managed to get a decent photo of a squirrel.

To Bee or Not To Bee

A swarm of Bees came visiting a few days ago when they were hunting for nesting grounds. Our terrace garden was one place they decided to check. And then left the next day, even before we could agree on the rent, payable in Honey of course. But I was able to click a few more macros to add to my collection.

A Reptilian Stare

Clicked this lizard in a low light. Opened the aperture and lowered the shutter speed. It was hanging around the top side of the doorway.

Self Portrait

Moonstruck….

Light and Shadow

Standing Guard

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