The name Sheep Dip comes from the insesticide used to delouse sheep prior to sheering. Back in the day, farmers used to make “home made whisky”, because they didn’t want to pay any taxes for it. To help hiding their whisky, they marked each barrel with “SD”. Great story and truly a hilarious name for a blended malt picked up by Spencerfield Spirit Company. Unfortunately the whisky itself is not that great.Even though the content is very interesting. Sheep Dip has 16 different single malts from the Lowland, Highland, Speyside and Islay areas. The single malts are between the ages of 8 and 21 years. Vatted together for one year in first fill casks. So the ingredients couldn’t be more intriguing.
Too bad, all the flavors seem to flatten each other out. Nothing overpowers, which makes Sheep Dip lack in character. Very smooth indeed but too flat for my taste. The smoothness just is not enough. Based on reviews, I would like to try the Sheep Dip “Old Hebridean” 1990. I think it migh have more character – being a vatting of Ardbeg, Dalmore and Fettercairn single malts. All matured apart from each other for 10 years, married together and matured for another 10 years.
Well, for the lack of personality, Sheep Dip is my official “Richard Gere dram”. Sorry for all you Gere fans out there! Look out, a very flat Bee Season is here!
Nose: Tangy yet smooth, malty and floral fragrant with honey.
Taste: Malt with wee spices and wood.
Finish: Very smooth overall but with some tangy notes.
Balance: Good idea but something falls short in execution. Sheep Dip is too flat without personality.
Colour: Golden copper
Nose: 17 | Taste: 19 | Finish: 18 | Balance: 18
Overall score: 72
Distilleries and regions: 16 different single malts from Lowland, Highland, Speyside and Islay
Bottled by: Spencerfield Spirit Company