Mixing it up at the Copper Dog Whisky Bar Craigellachie

Mixing it up at the Copper Dog Whisky Bar - Craigellachie - Speyside - Scotland

When not busy in the House of Labhran design studio or painting for clients, just down the glen lies our favourite watering hole at the Copper Dog pub and whisky bar. With a passion and a style for the local and the very best of Speyside the Copper Dog always offers a warm welcome around the fire, good locally produced food and an amazing selection Scottish whiskies and gins. 

Anyone who we have spent time with on the hill at local shoots will know it is Speyside whisky that is our joy and Scottish Gins as a passion. Last November the Copper Dog realised a wonderful new project to bring a fine blend of Speyside local whisky to the table, ideal for mixing! 

A secret blend of Speyside malts including Roseisle and Knockando. Blended by master blender Stuart Morrison, the whiskies included in Copper Dog have been aged in a mixture of refill American and European oak casks, first fill Bourbon casks and rejuvenated casks, before being married in hogsheads. Bottled at 40% abv, the whisky combines eight Speyside single malts supplied by the world’s largest Scotch whisky producer Diageo.

So after a taster of the Neat Dog at the bar, a fine Sunday lunch and grasping a new bottle for the collection it was off back up the glen, for an afternoon by the fire with a Copper Dog mixed with Fever Tree Ginger Ale.

Looks like it will be a summer of Copper Dog cocktails when at home with the House of Labhran.



Copper Dog Whisky – Tasting Notes


Fresh fruit and toffee apple; an integration of ripe orchard fruits (apples and pears), berries and a hint of citrus, layered above a background of sweet wood and creamy vanilla fudge.


Rich creamy mouthfeel, toffee apple, caramelised sugars, soft fruits and a gentle wood presence. With water, fresher fruits become more pronounced on the nose (Bramley apple, Conference pear), alongside grape skin, green pear and more wood spice. Subtle, distant spices help carry the fruit and vanilla characters, giving a long and creamy finish.


Copper Dog - Named after a device used to sneak whisky from the cask to smuggle home, Copper Dog has that same irreverent, cheeky spirit without losing the classic Speyside tradition.

Mixing it up at the Copper Dog Whisky Bar Craigellachie - Craigellachie Hotel Speyside
The Spirt of Speyside

When not designing for our clients at The House of Labhran - Painting Scottish game birds and Sub Urban bird art around the world.


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