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Celebrating Johnnie Walker Double Black at The Taj West End


Disclaimer: Just a heads-up that this post is about alcoholic drinks. Not suitable for people below 25!

I was invited for a bespoke evening at The Taj West End, Bangalore to experience the flavours of the award winning Johnnie Walker Double Black Whisky. Here's a photo tour...

The Taj West End looked great from outside...


There were Turkeys roaming around...


Things were in place for a great evening...





The event was curated by Mr Zbignew Zapert ( Reserve Brand Ambassador, United Spirits) in collaboration with Mr Sandip Narang (Executive Chef, the Taj West End)...


Zbiginiew is a professional mixologist with years of experience in cocktail led venues throughout Europe. Zbi is a nice person to talk to. Before hitting the table, he explained all the finer aspects of whisky drinking...

Zbi made many cocktails with the said whisky. The first drink was Double Black Raisin Sour...


Here's the recipe...


Chef Sandip Narang created a number of dishes to pair with Johnnie Walker Double Black. Double Raisin sour was paired with cheese and pickle with grape reduction...


By the time I finished the first drink, Zbi was crowning the second cocktail with Green Apple Foam... 


A martini glass filled with Double Black  Oaky Apple cocktail...


Here's the recipe...


Double Black Oaky Apple was paired with Prosciutto and Salami with Horseradish Aioli...


The third cocktail was Double Black and Berry with a splash of ginger ale...


Here's the recipe...


Double Black and Berry was paired with Lamb chops in a Fig and Date glaze...


I could see people pleasantly intoxicated all around...


Meanwhile Zbi pours in Johnnie Walker Double Black to make an Indianized  cocktail...


Garam Masala infused Maple syrup goes in...


Double Black Maple Masala Old Fashioned... 


Here's the recipe...


Double Black Maple Masala was paired with Galouti Kabab...


The drink I've been waiting for arrived finally. Johnnie Walker Double Black served with just a splash of water...

This was paired with Chocolate cake made from Belgian Chocolate...


They had a rather lavish dinner spread too...


Breads...


Meatloaf...


Thai Chicken Yellow Curry, Noodles, Jasmine Rice...


The making of Banana Split was a fun thing to watch...


Adding whisky to the sautéed banana...



Set the alcohol in the dish on fire...


Add icecream...


A piece of banana dipped in chocolate...


Top it with some nuts and a drizzle of caramel...


My other picks from the dessert counter...

Coming back to Johnnie Walker Double Black, here are the tasting notes:

Appearance: Intense and stormy
Nose: Peat smoke shining through rich raisins and dried fruit 
Palate: Apples, pears and orange zest bring freshness while creamy vanilla and spice bring a softness and sweetness to the tongue
Finish: The long warming finish combines spicy oak tannins and lingering smoke 
Conclusion: A smoky, intense whisky of wonderful balance and power

Johnnie Walker Double Black is best taken with water; this is the perfect way to release the smoky flavours.

Leaving you with the lovely smile of RashmiRekha...



33 comments:

  1. Even though I don't drink, Mixology is always fascinating to me.

    Mersad
    Mersad Donko Photography

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  2. I have been waiting for this &, of couse, I wasn't disappointed. Your photography has me salivating. I think the Johnny Walker Double Black should have been served first with water, to savor it's complexity solo, before all the other additions. Thanks for including the recipes! What a splendid evening of food & drink!

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  3. A turkey and drinking. Both of which I like:)

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  4. I am such a desert person that when I got to that part of your post my tummy did a little happy rumble....they look delicious

    Mollyxxx

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  5. Visiting from Little Things Thursday. WOW...what a treat for the eyes this post is. And those drinks? Yes please!

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  6. The drinks sound and look delish!

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  7. Oh, and thanks for linking in with Friday My Town Shoot Out!

    Mersad
    Mersad Donko Photography

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  8. Looks like a fantastic evening, with good friends and delicious food ! Happy Friday, have a great weekend!

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  9. Yummy pictures and description ! I loved your tasting notes. Very interesting indeed.

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  10. You were really living" high on the hog" at the occasion. Do not even taste wine now. When you get my age it is best to let it alone. Glad you had a great time tho.

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  11. Cute turkey! Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Have a happy weekend!

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  12. Looks like a wonderful (and delicious) party!
    ~

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  13. What a wonderful way to spend an evening.

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  14. How fun....with all that food and drink, are you SURE that was a live turkey? [just kidding]

    looks like a marvelous time.

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  15. Wow, what a fun time! I don't drink alcohol, but it sure looked tempting. lol! The food looks delicious and seeing the turkey was great! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  16. That looks like a great place for some laughs and good company!

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  17. Now this is an event I would have LOVED to have been at! Great photos and thanks for including the recipes! ;)

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  18. The drinks look fascinating (although I have no idea where to get some of the ingredients) and the food looks awesome! Great photography (as always)!

    Thanks for sharing at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2015/06/nesting.html

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  19. Even tho I am under 25, I enjoyed this whole post so much, I read thru it twice....nearly got drunk. :)
    Your photos are awesome....

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  20. The science behind dinks is so interesting. Thanks for sharing.

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  21. Amazing event! Food & drinks is really about science of Chemistry isn't it? Lovely photos of glorious food!

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  22. Wow! Looks like an amazing event. Of course, you took some really amazing photos. Thanks for sharing over at Toronto Teacher Mom!

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  23. All those delicious and interesting drinks and the my favorite photo is the turkey.

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  24. Hard decisions re which I'd like best... maybe try a few..( or all) The presentations were amazing as was the photography.

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  25. wow the food and drinks look soooo good. I hope they tasted as nice as the pictures look

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  26. Not a drinker, but the food looks amazing! Thanks for joining OMHG Wordless Wednesday!

    Shellie
    www.thefabjourney.com

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  27. the photos are amazing, looks like such a great evening! Yum ! Thank you for joining our Oh My Heartsie Girl Wordless Wednesday Link Party.. Have a great day, co-host Evija @Fromevijawithlove xx

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  28. Amazing photos. Looks like a fab night.

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  29. Deliciously decadent looking event.

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