From the same people behind the delicious Pig’s Nose, is Sheep Dip. Sheep Dip is what used to be called a vatted malt, in that it is a blend of different distilleries, but is entirely made up of malt whisky. Indeed, the bottle proudly announces that this whisky is “woven from 16 single malt whiskies”. This gives the dram a tremendous balance and complexity of flavour. This whisky takes its name from a practice from years gone by, when farmers would distill their own spirit, and label it “sheep dip” (a pesticide used to clean sheep) to avoid the watchful eye of the taxman! Made from whisky between 8 and 12 years old, with a good ratio of first fill cask maturation, this is a testament to blending abilities of Richard “The Nose” Paterson of Whyte & Mackay.
The nose is spritely and aromatic, with wonderful maritime flavours and lovely tangy malt notes. Youthful and delicious, the palate is bright and warming, with toasted oak, succulent stone fruit, apples and pears, woodspice, malt and toffee. The finish is short, aggressive and tangy, with a wonderful citrus note. A cracking blended malt!