Sep 30, 2014

Sheep Dip...

Sheep Dip (40.0%): The original Sheep Dip from Spencerfield Spirits Company from Fife. As you will recall I reviewed Sheep Dip "Old Hebridean" Vintage 1990 more than two years ago on tire-bouchon and I still remember how that dram knocked my socks off. It was really something... Sheep Dip is taking its name from an insecticide used to delouse sheep prior to sheering. The farmers also used to hide their home made whisky in barrels marked "Sheep Dip" to avoid the tax man's attention during thr inspections. So, It is a pretty good story to name a whisky after. Sheep Dip is a blended malt made from sixteen different malt whiskies and bottled at 40% abv. Color: Orange blossom honey, polished copper pot still you would see during distillery visits. Nose: Strawberries, bubblegum and stainless steel cafeteria trays. The way your t-shirt would smell after an afternoon walk on the beach. Fresh cut grass, shaved fennel and fresh celery sticks. Water adds some sour notes: spoiled milk, pomegranate molasses and candle wax. Palate: Fresh malt you taste directly from the malting floor, melon slices and lightly peated new make spirit. Tongue tingling and young. Even a few drops of water broke it down though. Now it is thin and I am getting only wet cardboard and diesel fuel notes. Finish: Salty and briny. Medium long with white tea and clay notes. Overall: I like these young but layered blends. Not crazy complex, not expensive but great to enjoy before dinner, with your ale or with your pals. It reminded me the early summer evenings at London pubs after an exhausting day with close friends and laughter. It is made to consume in rather large quantities but still be enjoyed. I have to admit that it is not a sample. I purchased this bottle last weekend and I am pretty happy with my choice. Another great everyday Scotch whisky I can enjoy in front of my TV and I can assure you that it won't last very long. Slainte...