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29 Jul 2014
03:16

A Little Potted History of the Dipping Dog

In days gone by, the Dipping Dog would have been employed by thirsty employees at the distillery to pilfer whisky by lowering the cylinder into the cask. On retrieving it, its canny owner would have secured his haul by tightly sealing the opening with a cork.

Then the precious contents would have been gently lowered down the employee’s trouser leg by a piece of rope and tethered to his belt.

The cylinder became know as a ‘dog’ on account of it being a man’s best friend that, like its canine counterpart, was also kept on a lead by one’s side.

Today this ingenious contraption is utilised by our Malt Master, David Stewart when sampling an expression directly from the cask.

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