Sheep Dip is a small batch, handcrafted, premium blended malt Scotch whisky created by Richard Paterson, Scotland’s only 3rd generation master blender.
Inspired by the illicit distilling practiced by farmers of old, Sheep Dip marries together 16 single malt whiskies in an enigmatically refined blended malt that packs plenty of punch.
Sheep Dip, despite its iconoclastic name, is a genuinely great whisky; the name came about because British farmers have long referred to whisky as Sheep Dip. There was a time when farmers distilled their own “home-made” whisky and in order to avoid paying taxes to the revenue man, hid the whisky in barrels marked “Sheep Dip”. Farmers’ merchants continued this tradition by entering cases of whisky as “Sheep Dip” on farmers’ bills and so “pulling the wool” over the farmers wives eyes.
What makes Sheep Dip Different?
•A vatting of 16 different Highland Malts aged between 8 and 21 years
•Specially crafted by Richard Paterson, Scotland’s only third generation master blender
•Vatted together for a year in a quality first fill casks to allow whisky to fully marry together
•Small batch and hand-crafted
•“Great Taste” Gold 2009
•Listed in Ian Buxton’s ‘101 Whiskies to Try Before you Die’
•Premium packaging with gift carton
•“Join the Revolution” style support creative, distinctly different from mainstream Scotch activation
COLOR: Rich, golden copper highlights.
NOSE: Delicate and refined. Soft sensual floral notes arise in perfect harmony supported by an attractive array of complex fruit flavors. Melon, pear and orange with a hint of almonds conclude this profusion of charming nuances.
TASTE: Finesse and elegance gives way to a majestic assertion of pure malty flavors drawn from four distilling regions of Scotland. Each area forges and makes its own inimitable contribution to this outstanding pure malt – the main accent being expressed from the Highlands and Speyside Valleys.
2 oz Sheep Dip Scotch Whisky
3/4 oz Sweet Vermouth
3 Dashes of Angostura Bitters
METHOD: Stir all ingredients with ice. Strain into cocktail glass
MORNING GLORY FIZZ
2 oz Sheep Dip Blended Malt
3/4 oz Fresh Lemon juice
3/4 oz Simple Syrup
Rinse of Absinthe
METHOD: Shake all ingredients (except club soda) without ice to emulsify the egg. Add ice and shake vigorously. Strain into highball glass and top with soda.
SHEEP DIP neat or over ice
Score: 94 PointsWine Enthusiast Author: Kara Newman
Score: 90 PointsUltimate Spirits Challenge 2012 Author: Unlisted
Score: 90 PointsThe Tasting Panel Author: Anthony Dias Blue
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