If you take your name from a piece of copper tubing that distillery workers used to sneak whisky from the cask, you can guarantee that you’re not launching a traditional dram for the old boys in leather armchairs.
So, it stands to reason that the team behind Copper Dog whisky seeks to be the ‘democratic’ and fun face of whisky, bringing what can be an intimidating category for consumers to enter to a new audience, in the same way that its namesake, the Copper Dog Pub, on the banks of the River Spey shows off the democratising attraction of the traditional Speyside pub.
With hints of orchard fruit, vanilla sweetness and a spicy finish, Copper Dog is a playful whisky that stands up on its own hind legs but begs to be mixed with water, cola or into a cocktail such as their signature serve – the Apple Dog. This striking bright green mixer lets the whisky bring just enough sweetness to take the edge off the sharpness of a fresh Granny Smith apple.
Made from a vatted blend of eight Speyside single malts, Copper Dog has been crafted by Master Blender Stuart Morrison to show the range of whisky that this magical region can offer. Speyside has long punched above its weight in whisky production – just 1.5% of the area of Scotland, but home to 50% of its distilleries – and now the house blend of this welcoming hotel is coming for the international market.
Is that a copper dog in your pocket, or are you just pleased to see me?