Too much of anything is bad, but too much good whiskey is barely enough

New breed of nosing expert joins whisky club as ‘Master Sniffer’

Photography by Greg Macvean

It may sound barking mad, but the world’s first whisky sniffer dog has been appointed by The Scotch Malt Whisky Society.

A dog’s sense of smell is 50 times more sensitive than humans, so Golden Retriever Chaucer has joined the whisky club’s prestigious Tasting Panel in Edinburgh to help sniff out the finest whiskies for bottling.

The first whisky to be unleashed by Master Sniffer, Chaucer, is a pedigree single malt called ‘Barking Mad’, Cask D1.1. With notes of “malty biscuits” and “smoky meat”, ‘Barking Mad’ is available from 1st April in limited quantities. riddle_stop 2

Pic Greg Macvean - 30/03/2016 - 07971 826 457 It may sound barking mad, but in a step to ensure the finest whisky is selected for bottling, The Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS) has appointed a new breed of expert nose to its prestigious Tasting Panel - the world's first whisky sniffer dog


Enquiries: The Scotch Malt Whisky Society/

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