Review of Black Dog Whisky 12 year old

Filed under:Contests,Reviews — posted by dhempe on 31 December, 2012 @ 5:27 pm

I have not been much of a Whisky drinker – I love my vodka! But recently at few parties and events, I tried out Black Dog either on the rocks or with coke and found it to be very smooth drink and it didn’t give me a hangover like vodka does or make me feel dehydrated! So it was wonderful when GingerClaps gave me a bottle of Black Dog to review courtesy Black Dog Easy Evenings! I jumped at the opportunity to review this wonderful Scotch Whisky which has origins both in India and Scotland.. Wondering how? Read on to find out!

Black Dog is a 100% genuine Scotch Whisky distilled, matured and blended in Scotland. When it is sold in India, the blend is made in Scotland and is bottled in India. Black Dog has a very distinctive taste and flavor. This classy whisky is available in 4 exciting blends – 8 Year Old, 12 Year Old, 18 Year Old and 21 Year Old. The bottle does come nicely wrapped up and looks good too. Once you open it up you are greeted with an unmistakable hallmark smell! Cost of a 12 Year Old bottle is about Rs.1800 in Bangalore but it could be quite cheaper in Goa and Pondicherry! For a 30 ml peg in reputed bars and restaurants you might have to shell out upto Rs.400.

The history of Black Dog dates back to late 1883 when Walter Millard (a Scottish national residing in India) who was a wine connoisseur went back to his native land in a quest for a sophisticated Scotch. His quest finally got over when he tried a blend prepared by James McKinley (He had a long lineage of Scotch blending too). Walter named this blend as Black Dog and thus the brand was born! Even to this date with a decent history of more than 129 Years, the blend is still serving people as it did way back in 1883! The legacy of the blend recognized by Walter Millard and prepared by James McKinley still survives to exist in the same form as its creators intended it to be!

Black Dog 12 Year Old Scotch Whisky

Black Dog is a blend of fine whiskies from all the regions of Scotland – Speyside, Islay, Highlands and Lowlands, each matured for a minimum period of 12 years creating a bouquet that captures all the flavours of Scotland, giving Black Dog its very distinctive flavour and taste.

Tasting Notes

Colour : Amber, with golden highlights.

Aroma : Robust malty, mellow woody, complex yet delicate aroma of sherry and vanillic sweetness with whispers of soft peatiness in the background.

Palate : Beautifully rounded, heavy body, pronounced malty, mellow woody, fruity sweetness with teasing light warm peat.

Finish : Luxurious and exciting, long and warm with a touch of cream.

The Black Dog 12 year old has also been awarded a silver medal at Concours Mondial de Bruxelles. Concours Mondial de Bruxelles is an organization recognized by the European Union, which conducts annual competition for various spirits and wines manufactured all over the world.

Black Dog has a smell which is fresh,and right from the start you can guess the ingredients. It’s not something you can try making at home,but there are tinge of spices,oak,vanilla and chocolate.The best way to taste whiskey is to add a spoon of water to whiskey,so that the aroma opens,and when you smell it again,it smells more rich. Next is to swish it around your mouth and let it go slow.You would feel the warmth go down the throat,but definitely this whiskey is not heavy and very smooth.

Looking forward to tasting and reviewing the 18 year old Black Dog Whisky next!

How dhempe’s wife had him craving so he would get rid of his stubble!

Filed under:Contests — posted by dhempe on 30 December, 2012 @ 11:24 pm

This post has been written by my wife Sunitha on my blog so that she could give some tips to women about how to get their husbands to lose their evening stubble; just the way she made me shave away my stubble!

“Since I started dating dhempe, he used to have an irritating stubble which he used to call as French Beard! He used to say that it adds a certain class and status to him. He would feel that it makes him looks thinner and also more smarter. He never used to maintain his French Beard too and would let his beard grow like a jungle unless his parents were visiting him or he was visiting my parents! His bewildered look in the following picture was how people reacted to him when they saw him with the unkempt beard!

When I told dhempe that his beard stubble doesn’t look nice and he needs to be clean shaven to look good, he couldn’t believe his ears! He felt as if he was very fashion conscious and knew all about styling! I told him to look at clean shaven and suave actors like Hrithik Roshan, Shahrukh Khan to see how he was wrong about stubble making him look cool! Dhempe wasn’t convinced and was quite agitated that he would have to lose his so-called wise beard! He felt he was like Samson from The Bible who lost his strength and life when his hair was cut! What hair was to Samson was the beard to dhempe!

I knew at that point that I had to make dhempe crave for me if I need to get him to shave off his stubble. I stopped meeting him, taking his calls, replying to his messages all the while making him realize that he needs to be clean shaven before he can meet me. He tried to give me a lot of reasons of how Amitabh Bachchan looks smart with a goatee, how Aamir Khan looked in Dil Chahta Hain; but nothing could convince me! I was adamant that its OK for him to have a beard while trekking but not when he is in civilization and has access to water to shave! He threatened to jump off the cliff when trekking but I knew he was just being lazy to shave so I didn’t budge from my stance!

Finally I gave a diktat to him that I will say yes to marriage with him and convince my parents only if he shaves daily and looks presentable not just to my family but to my friends too! I also told him that I will shower him with lots of hugs and kisses if he shaves daily and sports a clean shaven look! I also gave him a styling tip that if he sports a clean shaven look, he will look much younger than his colleagues and friends. I could also flaunt him around to my girl friends who will say ‘Neighbor’s Envy, Owner’s Pride!’ Finally dhempe took my advice and started shaving his daily stubble every evening. Things started looking up immediately for him – he met some international celebrities like Jonty Rhodes!

Our Wedding was in the evening and he ensured that he shaved off his 5 o’clock shadow beard that he started doing on a daily basis, so that he appears smart and cheerful in all the wedding pictures! His smart move to shave his stubble created wonderful memories of a lifetime through our wedding pictures!

Needless to say our honeymoon in Thailand was amazing as I showered dhempe with hugs and kisses and a lot more where the stubble was no longer the barrier for our love! I could see many women feeling jealous as I sauntered with my handsome hunk husband on the streets of Bangkok. I would love the smooth shave that dhempe got with his Gillette razor and would stroke his cheeks and chin to feel their smoothness which was like a baby’s bottom! Since then dhempe has been shaving regularly twice a day, not just to be ready for office during the mornings but also to be ready for wonderful evenings with me either at events or at home!”

This post is a part of the ‘Shave or Crave’ movement in association with BlogAdda.com

Book review of ‘The Bankster’ by Ravi Subramanian

Filed under:Book Reviews,Contests — posted by dhempe on 18 December, 2012 @ 6:39 pm

Thanks to BlogAdda.com I have been reading some very interesting books lately. One of that books is Ravi Subramanian’s ‘The Bankster’ which was proclaimed to be as good as a John Grisham thriller! I was a bit skeptical at the beginning but once I started reading it, I got totally engrossed into that book. Just reading the back cover made me feel very eager to finish the book in one sitting. Just have a look at it:

In Angola, a covert CIA agent Joseph Braganza is about to exchange weapons for blood diamonds..

In Kerala, an elderly man called Krishna Menon will do whatever it takes to fulfill a promise made to a dying son…

In Mumbai, an international bank GB2 is stunned by the mysterious deaths of its key employees..

With a premise like that which offers you three unrelated stories which could have some connection, you are bound to stop everything you are doing and just concentrate on finishing the book. That is just what I did. When I later looked at the Facebook page of the book, I was glad to find many images of the characters which gave me a feel of reading a graphic novel (though it isn’t one!). Let me give you a brief summary of the book so that you can ‘taste’ it before you buy it!

In Angola, CIA agent Joseph Braganza goes through war strife regions to meet with UNITA (Union for Total Independence of Angola) to exchange weapons for blood diamonds. There is a lot of tension on his trip while he reminisces how he was saved in the nick of time while his team was blown to smithereens in Iraq. Will he be successful in his mission or does he face any threats on the way? How did he get these weapons in the first place? What is he doing in this god forsaken place? If you want to find out more, you need to read the book!

In Kerala, Krishna Menon is against Trikakulam Indo-Russian Nuclear Project. The back story goes that his son who was a scientist in Japan died from nuclear blasts which happened due to earth quakes there. He had made a promise to his dying son that he would rally against nuclear projects. He gets his funds for this struggle from an NGO which a certain Mr.Jayakumar runs.

In Mumbai, three employees of Greater Boston Global Bank (GB2) die in mysterious circumstances. Harshita Lele dies mysteriously while vacationing in Vienna, Raymond Saldanah of Compliance team seems to have taken his own life and one more employee dies on the Mumbai highway. These mysterious deaths rattle GB2 and its CEO Indrani who wants to get to the core of this problem!

Enter Karan Panjabi, ex-employee of GB2 who is a crime journalist now. Indrani gives him permission for just 36 hours to find out the real culprits. Karan unearths some really startling stuff about how many employees didn’t do the obligatory background checks when few accounts were opened. He also suspects the hand of the HR Tanuja.

How are Jayakumar, Tanuja & Joseph Braganza connected? How does Karan use technology like iCloud to find out some vital clues from Harshita’s iPad? Is Vikram Bahl, head of retail banking, involved? If yes, what is his motive?

All these questions and more will be answered in this thriller ‘The Bankster’. You will find the world of benaami accounts, money laundering and breaking customers’ trust in abundance here. I loved the simple writing style which was very descriptive and created a lot of suspense and excitement for me. My wife and me were practically competing with each other to see who finishes the book first while waiting for each other’s turns!

Kudos to the author Ravi Subramanian. If you are looking for a refreshing change in Indian crime writing, you must pick up this book for sure!

This review is a part of the Book Reviews Program at BlogAdda.com. Participate now to get free books!

The Bombay Store – A Perfect blend of Traditional and Contemporary Style

Filed under:Contests — posted by dhempe on 6 June, 2012 @ 3:59 pm

Recently my wife and I were exploring  a new mall in Bangalore creatively titled ’1 MG Road’. It seemed like an interesting mall with a lot of popular stores and its spanking clean new look combined with vast spaces which didn’t make the mall feel crowded. As we were strolling through the mall, ‘The Bombay Store‘ caught our eye on the 1st floor! It looked interesting due to the perfect blend of traditional & contemporary look in its products which were displayed in the store. Our curiosity got the better of us as we walked into the Bombay Store to check out few products.

Immediately we were greeted by a pleasantly smiling store manager who welcomed us to his store and asked us whether we were looking for something specific. We mentioned we were just browsing and immediately he withdrew himself and let us shop in peace. I liked this mentality because otherwise in many stores the store attendants keep pestering you at every step!

One of the best examples of the blend of traditional and contemporary style in The Bombay Store for us was the Elephant themed merchandise. There were not only Elephant artifacts in clay, wood and leather but also clocks with Elephant logos, cups with elephant logos and lo and behold, an Elephant branded laptop bag!!!

This blend of traditional and contemporary style in products is very rare to find in India specially at very affordable prices! My wife was very pleased to see this and was planning how to shop for wonderful products here and decorate our house with these products. Some of the other products which blended traditional aspect in them while retaining the contemporary look were Rajasthani Stole with matching Chappals, Coasters with cow imprints and cups with Indian insignia. These adorn the walls of our home right now and complete the ethnic look which my wife has planned for our humble abode!

The prices at Bombay Store were so affordable that we also picked up some gifts for my parents and in-laws!  We loved the ‘Katputli’ prints on the 2.5 x 2.5″ Acrylic Magnets which could be used to stick to the fridge or almirah. They were colorful, reminded us of the beauty of India and were really classy magnets too. So we not only picked up few for our family but also as gifts to foreign clients and friends as this will remind them of the culture of India, at the same time being very useful to stick notes to fridges too. I guess these Acrylic Magnets though are very small and very cheap, embody the true spirit of ‘The Bombay Store’ by blending traditional style in contemporary artefacts! We are looking forward to our next visit to the Bombay Store to shop even more interesting artefacts and ready made garments!

 

Live Webcast of Samsung Galaxy Tab 750 launch happening on 10th August 2011

Filed under:Contests — posted by dhempe on 9 August, 2011 @ 9:10 pm

Click here to see the Live Stream of Samsung Galaxy Tab 750 launch

As most of you guys know, I have been a technology evangelist since college times as I have been one of the early adopters of many technologies such as Internet (since ’97), Email (since ’97), Blogging (since ’01) , Social Networking (since ’04) , Blackberry (since ’08), and Mac (since ’09 – ok that was late but I had iPod shuffle since ’05 ;)). Haven’t explored Android phones and devices as much as I would have liked to, due to preoccupation with  Blackberry and iPod touch; but have always wondered what is so special in these devices.

I have borrowed android phones specially Samsung Nexus S phones from my friends and explored many features and applications in it. So I find it to very exciting to know that I can get an opportunity to check out the latest Samsung Galaxy Tab 750 very soon and share it with not only my blog readers; but also with all my pals on social networking world who account to more than 6500 people!

Samsung Galaxy Tab 750 Launch

All of you would be pleased to know that Samsung Galaxy Tab 750 launch is happening between 12pm to 2pm on 10th August 2011. Indiblogger is one of the proud partners of the webcast which is going to happen live all across the world at that time. You can also be part of the Samsung Galaxy Tab Blogger Meet on 20th Aug 2011 and know more about the product and its features.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 750 is supposed to have 10.1-inch HD screen, 3MP back camera, 2MP front camera and 1GHz dual-core Tegra 2 processor along with the usual Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and 3G connectivity. But if you are like me and can’t wait till Indiblogger meet on 20th August 2011 to know about the features (and how they stack up against iPad2), you can always watch the live webcast of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 750 launch by clicking on the following banner which will be live from 12pm to 2pm India time on 10th August 2011 :

Samsung Galaxy Tab 750 Launch

I’m really hoping to get my hands on the latest Samsung Galaxy Tab 750 as soon it gets launched. If it does happen, I intend to organize a tweetup soon in Bangalore where all of you guys can have a personal go at the tab and check out its features for yourself. As you know I keep organizing lot of tweetups in Bangalore and I meet most of you offline too, it will be great opportunity for you to check out the features for yourself. You could even take it home for a while and stress test if needed :) After all gadgets need to be tested beyond their capabilities to understand what is lacking in them, isn’t that right? ;)

Cameron Laird is giving away a Nikon D2H!!!

Filed under:Contests — posted by admin on 25 March, 2009 @ 3:28 pm

Cameron Laird is a wonderful commercial and editorial photographer from Townsville, Australia. His photographs are awesome. Check them out here – http://www.cameronlaird.com/ He is giving away one Nikon D2H to a lucky tweeter/blogger. Head to Cameron Laird – Photographer for more info and a chance to win!



image: detail of installation by Bronwyn Lace