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

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 “malt biscuits” and a “mouth-wateringly meaty” flavour, ‘Barking Mad’ is available from 1st April at The Society’s 28 Queen Street bar, Edinburgh, which is now open to non-members after previously being a members only establishment.

Stock is limited – the first 50 people to ask for a dram of ‘Barking Mad’ will be treated to a special treat.

Twitter: @SMWSUK #barkingmad

Photography: Greg Macvean

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