Copper Dog comes to the Clubhouse

Clubhouse Mixologist Antonella Mazzoni pours a Copper Dog cocktail.

Clubhouse Mixologist Antonella Mazzoni pours a Copper Dog cocktail.

Whisky aficionados are in for a real treat at our Heathrow Clubhouse in the coming weeks. We are proud to be the first bar in the world to serve Copper Dog; an exciting new brand of whisky from the Craigellachie hotel in Speyside.

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With its distinctive flavour Copper Dog is delightful neat or on the rocks but also lends itself to cocktails and as an accompaniment to food. No fewer than 8 single malts whiskies are blended together including Roseisle, Inchgower & Knockando. The blend is finally married in Speyside for a further 3 months in re-fill casks with resulting notes of toffee apple, berries, citrus, apple, pears and spice.

Copper Dog Brand Ambassador Calum Lawrie giving a training session to Clubhouse Mixologists Oliver Bingley and Iain Tall and Antonella Mazzioni.

Copper Dog Brand Ambassador Calum Lawrie giving a training session to Clubhouse Mixologists Oliver Bingley and Iain Tall and Antonella Mazzioni.

The Copper Dog story.

The whisky is named after a tube shaped copper flask which, in years long passed, distillery workers used to strap to their legs under their trousers to ‘liberate’ whisky. There’s something about a good scoundrel story that really appeals to us and we will be creating special Copper Dog cocktails which will be served at our Heathrow Clubhouse in these distinctive vessels from 21 November.

Speyside is one of the most remote areas of the Scottish Highlands and centres around the River Spey. Speyside is the largest whisky region in the world and home to 70% of all Scotch. Stuart Morrison, Master Blender of Copper Dog talks about the area and its whisky:

Copper Dog Whisky

“I’m naturally biased, but do see Scotch as the greatest of all spirits. For me, what makes a good whisky is one that is simple enough to be approachable, but complex enough to deal with whatever it ends up alongside in a glass. What we have in COPPER DOG is a whisky that has this resilience and versatility. We can give consumers a glass that they are in control of, however they wish to enjoy it, whilst hearing the story and place behind the blend. the spirit, the diversity of flavours created in Speyside is evident throughout – crisp apple, zesty citrus, dried fruit, vanilla and an aromatic spice amongst others. To me, COPPER DOG is a true representation of the region.”

So there you have it. From the highlands of Scotland to our Heathrow Clubhouse via a historical yarns of mischievous distillery workers. It seems you can teach an old dog new tricks after all.

About Dave Gunner

Dave is the co-editor of Ruby, the Virgin Atlantic Blog. He has worked at Virgin Atlantic for over two decades. In that time he has amassed some truly epic memories but never lost his fascination with the airline world. Dave's on a mission to bring you some great insights into our people, planes and planet.
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