It was one of those evenings when the intense amber gold of the setting sun decides not to hide behind the darkness of the night until it has seduced you completely. The intense amber gold and the shimmering highlights enter your mind and pervade all the senses… almost the way Black Dog does.

We were sitting outside and talking, a glass of BD in our hands and the tone as active and energetic as a twenty-one year old!

‘Is the colour more intense than the colour of the fading sun?’ he asked.

I said, ‘Well, it is the same difference that sets apart a fading giant and an emerging emotion! BD is an emerging emotion that is destined to shimmer on until you want it to.’

And the discussion, like many discussions tend to, moved into the realm of converging age with aromas, taste, and colour. We were also watching a few photographs of Madonna performing and she too decided to pop into out discussion… well, we found her expressions matching our moods when sips of a BD 21 YO trickle in.

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‘Her voice,’ said my friend, ‘is like a multitude of seductive aromas that arouse the senses.’ Well, we decided to listen to her songs too and her voice did fill in the silent bits that were there in our conversation that evening.

Once Madonna was singing, I began, ‘Well, I wonder how much Madonna matches the sublime taste of the BD in our glasses?’

‘Well, I wouldn’t really say her voice is like soft peaches and ripe citrus fruits coupling with pear, marzipan, and bergamot…’ he paused to see the effect it would have on me, and then added, ‘…bet her expressions do match the flirtatious fanfare of the drink that we have here in our hands!’

Poetry. My friend isn’t known for his love of poetry, so his words did surprise me. But then, a BD 21 YO is capable of just about any effect! ‘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.’ Thus goes on the compelling description of this scotch.

‘Ah! You’re lost somewhere…’ said my friend.

I said, ‘No, I was just thinking of how bold and magnificent this scotch is.’

‘Almost like the striking pose that Madonna has in this picture,’ he said, ‘These pictures of her expression match the outstanding blend in our glasses.’

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‘Yes, doesn’t she seem as vibrant as an aged single malt and grain whisky that has remained dormant in some cold and dark warehouse before being blended by some master blender?’

My friend did give me a surprised look, but I looked the other way. After all, we were comparing an incomparable singer and performer with another incomparable blend! I, therefore, continued, ‘By the way, are you aware that this spirit must be held long on the palate for at least twenty one seconds to awaken its many hidden attributes?’

He just said, ‘I am looking at these pictures for twenty one seconds and listening to her songs in addition to what you are saying. So I know that are masterpieces that reveal their inner beauty at the right moment!’

Yes, we agreed that Madonna, like the BD in our hands, has an intense flavour. A flavour of Seville oranges, ripe sweet mangoes, and ginger spice that surge ahead to reward the palate and the soul! Well, what about the whispers of bitter chocolate, liquorices, and crushed almonds that drifts lovingly on to add to the overall effect?

You are the best judge of the ultimate deliverance… but remember, the seductive aromas of this blend are powerful!

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Arvind Passey
01 March 2013