The Black Grouse
Earlier this week I went down to Starr Liquor and Wine to buy a bottle of my favourite red wine: Angus The Bull (a delightful cabernet sauvignon from Australia). 8) It’s pure awesome! Big bold bull flavour. But alas, Starr didn’t have any in stock.😦 But, lest my palette be dismayed, I caught a gander of a beautiful Scottish Lass!
Scotch. A refined gentleman’s drink. Or, the most vile drink consumed by those sissy dress wearing’ Scotts! You decide!😉 I happen to love it. Scotch Whiskey is an amazing drink and in my mind, the peaty-ier the better. I have had famous grouse whiskey in the past but I have never heard of The Black Grouse. It was supposedly more rich and smokey and full of peat-based goodness than the regular Famous Grouse Scotch. So, I thought I would support the local liquor economy and buy a bottle for $35.00. From the Website:
The smoky influence of the peated malts is balanced by the trademark smoothness of The Famous Grouse to create underlying hints of cocoa and spice. With a long, smoky, aromatic finish, it’s hardly surprising that The Black Grouse has been listed as The Best New Scotch Blended Whisky in Jim Murray’s 2008 Whisky Bible.
Well I can vouch for the website’s claim. It’s outstanding! It’s smooth, even for the big bold smokey spiciness. Baby’s butt kinda smooth. 8) If you appreciate a good Scotch, then you gotta check this out. If you haven’t had any Famous Grouse stuff, then you’re missing something from your life!😆
OK, but this isn’t a blog about drinking. It’s about lighting. And so, here’s the setup from start to finish. Firstly, lighting bottles is a giant pain in the rear end. The darker the liquid inside, the tougher it is to do because they gobble up more light than Rita McNeil on a Haggis at Robbie Burns Night.😉 I kid. I kid. But it’s true. They’re tough to light.
So I wanted a reflection because everyone loves reflections. And, I wanted to light the inside of the bottle. So, a speed light from the bottom up through some plexiglass was the first step. This would be our fill light.
For this final shot, I did one more little cheat. I took one of the kid’s books and used it as a white reflector to further open up that label a bit more on the left side. Then there was the post production clean up in Aperture and viola! Scotch Bottle Madness! 8) Now, on to drink it!