Diageo India adds Black Dog Millard’s Private Reserve 14YO to the shelves

The latest luxury addition to the Black Dog family is an ode to the legacy of Sir Walter Millard in a bottle. It’s all about the art of pausing with the new Black Dog Millard’s Private Reserve 14YO
Exclusively unveiled by hindi film actor saif ali khan, the black dog millard's private reserve 14yo is a fine addition to the scotch whisky collection
Exclusively unveiled by Hindi film actor Saif Ali Khan, the Black Dog Millard’s Private Reserve 14YO is a fine addition to the scotch whisky collection

A major philosophy and guiding thought for the Black Dog Millard’s Private Reserve 14YO is all about the art of knowing when to pause. Black Dog’s founder Sir Walter Millard mastered this art of pausing through his passion for fly fishing, resulting in the creation of what we know and love as Black Dog Scotch Whisky, a liquid matured in its fullness of time. 

The Millard’s Private Reserve 14 YO boasts of citrus flavours from the 200-year-old Linkwood distillery located in the heart of Speyside, and accentuates the taste profile of Black Dog.

As a tribute to its founder, Black Dog Millard’s Private Reserve 14YO is born out of that sense of pausing. The thirst to bring alive a perfectly balanced scotch by carefully aging it for 14 years, no more, no less, has created something rare. A complex yet incomparably smooth blend, you can discover delicate hints of vanilla and lightly toasted oak with every sip. 

Millard’s Private Reserve 14YO sports a modernized distinct appearance cueing a superior sense of stature with a taller and leaner look. An iconic distinction is the tasteful brand crest that references its connection to the Leith family of distilleries – The Royalty of Scotch Blenders. The new icon represents the brand’s roots and its founder Sir Walter Millard’s passion for fly fishing. 

Encased beneath a legacy foil commemorating its founder’s signature is a rare, top-notch quality cork made of natural wood, adding a supremely premium touch to the liquid consumption experience. 

In terms of enriching aromas, there’s rich sweet-soft matured wood, malty, fruity and creamy notes. The drink is mild at first; then transforms into rich and dense, with traces of spice and sweet wood from extra oak aging. 

The black dog millard's private reserve 14yo is meant to be sat for precisely 14 seconds before drinking. Image: shutterstock
The Black Dog Millard’s Private Reserve 14YO is meant to be sat for precisely 14 seconds before drinking. Image: Shutterstock

Upon touching your lips, you’ll be gobsmacked with a well balanced whisky. There’s a peppery spice that leaves a spicy tingle and creamy, violet scented notes with medium to long finish. 

There’s attention to detail from start to finish, evident in how it is recommended for consumption. The Black Dog Millard’s Private Reserve 14YO is to be allowed to sit for 14 seconds, which symbolizes 14 years of maturation. A nod to the art of pausing, it lets the flavours imbue together in harmony for that perfect sip of a well-balanced whisky. 

For the uninitiated, Black Dog is a brand of Scotch whisky that is bottled and marketed by United Spirits Limited (USL), a subsidiary of Diageo PLC. What aids and enhances the bold flavours we experience comes from the way it is bottled and handled in India. The whiskies used in the blend for the Black Dog Millard’s Private Reserve 14YO come from Scotland, and are bottled in Parmori District, Nasik, Maharashtra. The undiluted spirits are imported from Scotland, which also helps the organization avoid import duties imposed on Indian liquor imports that are bottled prior to import.

Diageo India boasts of an impressive set of brands, and retails about 50 brands in India including Johnnie Walker, Black & White, Vat 69, Antiquity, etc,. At present, India has made a mark as the country that consumes more whisky than any country in the world. 

According to IWSR, a data analyst on the beverage alcohol market, global whiskey volumes are set to witness a rebound in 2021, after a 10.7% decline in 2020. If India’s contribution to the recovery is anything to go by, the Black Dog Millard’s Private Reserve 14YO is bound to fly off the shelves.

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