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Dog can distinguish bad-quality whiskey

By Lee Tae-yoon | 기사입력 2021/07/17 [10:20]

Dog can distinguish bad-quality whiskey

By Lee Tae-yoon | 입력 : 2021/07/17 [10:20]

▲ The dog, Loco, is smelling the oak barrels to find good-quality whiskey.


Whiskey may be one of the popular alcohols in the world. Which country comes to your mind when you think of whiskey? You probably think of Scotland, the home of whiskey. But you probably don’t think of a dog in a Scottish whiskey distillery, particularly a dog that has the ability to distinguish bad-quality whiskey from good-quality whiskey by smelling the oak barrels. The dog, Loco, a caucus spaniel breed can be found walking between the oak barrels smelling them as he goes.

 

 How can this puppy tell the good from the bad? The answer to this question is to use the smell of an oak barrel. It is safe to say that the oak barrel is one of the most important factors in aging whiskey. Thanks to Loco, it has been possible to prevent whiskey from being thrown away after years of aging in a bad oak barrel.

 

 Dogs have a larger nasal cavity than humans, so more odors can be detected.  Because odors can stay in the wide nasal cavity for a long time, this allows them to move more actively. In humans there are about 5 million olfactory receptors, while in puppies, there are as many as 200 million to 3 billion. It’s understandable that Loco has been successful in this role.

 

A manager at the brewery said, “Loco is a dog specially trained to identify scents or bad smells that you don’t want to put in whiskey.” He also said, “When I see Loco wandering around the brewery, I can see a smile on the face of people around me.” Loco was put into this brewery after 6 months of special training. Loco brings great benefits to the brewery and is its mascot.  

 

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