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Well, a tiger without vowels isn’t a fantasy at all. Now before you start shoot inane queries like: A tiger can be without canines but can he be without vowels too? Have you got mixed up with your Bs and your Vs and did you really wanted to use the word ‘bowels’?

Yes, they’re all valid questions but the tiger without vowels that I am talking about is TGR or Triple Gold Reserve, the latest introduction to the Black Dog family and is the only blended Scotch that is produced involving a triple maturation process. This blend has a delicate finish and is accepted at parallel with any 12 Y.O blend.

‘Aha! Now the mystery of the missing vowels is solved,’ said Specky, my wife, and then added, ‘this vowel analogy was brilliant and I have a feeling that it doesn’t end here.’

I said, ‘It doesn’t. Let me tell you what happened just after we sighted our first tiger in the Ranthambhore Wildlife Park last week.’ I then told her the driver of our gypsy was just as excited as we were and when someone asked him if tiger sighting remains just as exciting in repeat visits, he said, ‘I have been going on these safaris for the past 10 years. And I must have sighted at least 10 tigers in a month. This means I have sighted tigers more than 1200 times… and T24, T16, T17, T18 or Jhumroo or Machali or any other are quite familiar to me. But yet, every time I sight one, my pulse races and my mind experiences a new high.’

We knew what he was saying was absolutely correct and one of us did put it rather accurately too. He said, ‘It is almost like the experience of drinking TGR that improves from one day to another… I mean you keep falling deeper in love with the taste, aroma and flavour which is almost like what tiger spotting becomes for a wildlife enthusiast.’

We couldn’t agree less with him. He had hit the nail on the head like a cliché and yet said something new to think about. Later in the evening, as we sat in the bar of the resort, the mention of the tiger without vowels came up. That was when I was told that the Black Dog Triple Gold Reserve is the only blended Scotch that is produced involving a triple maturation process. My friend said, ‘The triple maturation process which involves Grain whiskies and Malt whiskies separately matured in American Bourbon Casks and  then blended together and matured again in Oloroso Sherry Butts for an extra longer period of time is what gives the blend a distinctive flavour and a delicate finish.’

‘Wow!’ I said, ‘You speak like a pro.’

‘Anyone will,’ he said as he laughed, ‘if he had a tiger without vowels roaring inside him.’

A tiger without vowels


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Arvind Passey
01 May 2014