A tremendous, back to basics, blended malt from the good folk at the Craigellachie Hotel, in the heart of Speyside. Copper Dog takes its name from the downstairs pub and restaurant (well worth a visit if you are ever in the area) that greets visitors as you enter the large hotel. The pub in turn takes its name from a device which used to steal away a small portion of spirit maturing in the casks by distillery workers (and sometimes even train passengers) – a small copper vessel, which could be lowered into a cask through the bung hole. This whisky was designed by master blender Stuart Morrison in tribute to the people behind whisky, and to the mighty Craigellachie Hotel! This whisky is a combination of 8 different single malts from around the Speyside region, and therefore is a great representation of the best that this area has to offer. On the nose this is classic Speyside through and through, with tremendous notes of apples and pears, bright oak, toasted cereal, a little cinnamon, some apple pie, honey, and slight dried fruit. The palate brings mild, milk chocolate, salted caramel, banana bread, creamy vanilla and toffee. The finish is short and superbly balanced, with bright fruits countered by slightly drying oak and a touch of clear honey. A rare whisky in that this is equally enjoyable neat, mixed and in cocktails. A great value addition to any home bar.