I have something to confess. I may have had a dram or two before I decided that “best whisky names for dogs and cats” was a sensible topic for a blog post…
But, as it turns out, a quick google search reveals I’m far from the only person thinking about this.
My personal priorities? Whisky-based, short, easy to say. Something you can shout when they start chewing on the furniture.
So, without further ado, here’s the Dram Team picks for the best whisky names for dogs and cats.
Pets not your thing? Don’t worry; I’ll give you links to where you can also get good deals for some of the whiskies. And if you’re planning on getting a pet, then you shouldn’t make a critical decision like what to name your dog or cat without a few drams!
Short for Royal Brackla, this is an excellent name for the cat or dog destined to reign over your house. Royal Brackla is fit for a king – it was the first Scotch whisky granted a Royal Warrant.
Each whisky expression is finished in first-fill Oloroso sherry casks. You can get Royal Brackla’s 12 year old here.
Also, a brilliant name for a pet rabbit, Bunna is short for Bunnahabhain. Pronounced ‘BOO-na-Haven, you might understand why I shortened it.
Bunna also sounds like a pet perfect for cuddling, which is appropriate since the whisky is also a good one to cuddle up with. It’s smooth and easy to drink. A bit surprising for an Islay. You can try their epic 12 year old expression for yourself here.
I’m not suggesting your name your dog or cat after David. It has nothing to do with dogs saying: ‘Bow Wow.’ Either, That’s too corny, even for me. I’m thinking of the whisky: Bowmore.
Bowmore was the first Islay whisky distillery to receive a licence, way back in 1779. Smoky, sea-salt and tropical fruits describe Bowmore. It has a citrus edge and subtle sweetness cutting through the creamy palate. Check out their entry-priced Bourbon cask bottling here.
Name your dog or cat after the whisky that was named after Aeneas Coffey. Confused? Allow me to explain this apparent madness…
First, there is Aeneas Coffey, the man. He patented the still that allows for continuous distillation.
Second level is a whisky that was named after him and his still, Nikka Coffey Grain Whisky: a personal favourite in the grain category and dangerously drinkable. You can get this expression here.
Of all the names on my list, Laddie is the closest to a ‘typical’ dog name. So what’s the whisky tie-in? Laddie’s full name is actually Bruichladdich, pronounced brook-laddie.
I like the ethos at Bruichladdich. They try to be as authentic as they can when they produce their whisky. They use all Scottish barley and traditional, slower production methods. This results in a great whisky. Check out their “Classic Laddie: Scottish Barley” edition, in its very funky bottle, here.
Another great Islay whisky inspired name, Laph is short for Laphroaig. One of the more marmite Islay whiskies, this one isn’t everyone’s cup of tea (or indeed, dram of scotch).
Those that love Laphroaig REALLY love it, and won’t hear a word said against it – much like your typical pet Mum or Dad!
Laphroaig is made from malted barley, dried over a peat fire. The smoke from this peat gives the whisky its particularly rich flavour.
You can try the classic Laphroaig 10 year old here.
This name is great for a dog that is a bit quirky or “out there”, like the Orkney Islands themselves, where Scotland’s two most northerly distilleries are located: Highland Park and Scapa.
Both are distinctive and brilliant, but Highland Park is a particular favourite of mine. It has a long, smoky palate with a heather dryness and spice that’s delicious.
You can get a bottle of Highland Park 12 year old here, amazing value for the quality.
Another dog or cat name based on a location, rather than a whisky. The oldest whisky distillery on the Isle of Skye is Talisker. Another fantastic peaty whisky, full-bodied, yet light, with a lovely smokiness.
While Talisker is a single malt I would definitely recommend, I think Skye lends itself better to a dog or cat name.
Check out Talisker’s classic 10 year old here.
Lagavulin feels like a very distinguished name for a dog, perfect for a stately golden retriever. But, shortened to Laga, it passes the “short-enough-to-shout” test.
Lagavulin is mostly matured in ex-bourbon casks. Its robust, uncompromising smoke and salted-fish character comes storming out of the glass. If you’ve not had it before you’re in for a treat… You can try their flagship 16 year old in a conveniently-sized 20cl bottle here.
I hope you enjoyed my list here.
Like whisky preferences, pet names are very personal, so if you’d like to see a longer list for inspiration, check out the following writers for some other great whisky names for dogs and cats
Greg at Great Drams
Mark from WhiskyCast for some other great whisky names for dogs and cats.
Of course, if you would like some liquid inspiration to help you reach a decision (and to explore a few more whisky names), then please do see what our Dram Team Tasting Club can offer you – with 6 new whiskies to sample every month, the inspiration never ends!
Warm whisky wishes,
(Founder, The Dram Team)