18 Jan 2013

The Dipping Dog

Dipping Dog

For over a hundred years there has been a secret way to drink The Balvenie. Known only to those inside the distillery walls and frowned upon by the office and accounts department. It’s called The Balvenie Dipping Dog and it is time to take it further than Dufftown.

Dipping Dogs were once used by distillery workers to “liberate” whisky from casks in the warehouse. Made from copper tubing and tied to the belt, it was stored down the worker’s trouser leg. The dog was then dipped into casks and filled with whisky when the Exciseman’s back was turned. The vessels were affectionately known as ‘dogs’ due to them being a man’s best friend, kept on a lead and always by one’s side.

Today’s distillery team insists they no longer use Dogs but we think they are too good to consign to history. We have worked with our local craftspeople to create a way for you to enjoy a Dog at one of our trade partners.

You can experience The Balvenie Dipping Dog at a number of select venues including The Connaught and The Athenaeum in London and Bonham’s Hotel in Edinburgh. In addition, you can also enjoy it at The Roslin Beach Hotel in Essex, The Four Seasons in Hampshire and The Forbury Hotel in Reading. And it won’t be too long before word, and the dogs spread.

Each dog contains two drams for you to share and is definitely something to savour. The manner in which it’s obtained may have changed but the enjoyment of The Balvenie will always remain the same.

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