Sheep Dip

Much mythology has grown up around Scotch whisky but in reality a great whisky does not have to be the product of one distillery; nor should its age be a measure of quality. Richard Paterson, Scotland’s renowned and only third-generation master blender, created the Sheep Dip “vatting” or marrying together 16 different Highland, Island and Speyside single malt whiskies. The whiskies are aged between eight-21 years, each adding unique characteristics to produce an exceptional product. These chosen whiskies are married together in fresh (first-fill) American oak barrels to produce the Sheep Dip Blended Malt.

Sheep Dip takes its name from the English farming term for an insecticide once used on British sheep farms. There was a time when the farmers would distill their own whiskies and store them in barrels marked “SD” to avoid expensive distilling taxes, thus the term “Sheep Dip” became slang for whisky in the region. Eccentrically named, yet of unsurpassed quality.

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  • Islay Blended Malt Whisky

    An old West Country term, British farmers have long referred to whisky as Sheep Dip – an insecticide used to delouse sheep prior to sheering. There was a time when farmers distilled their own ‘home made’ whisky and in order to avoid paying taxes to the revenue man, they’d hide it in barrels marked Sheep Dip’.

    Sheep Dip’s Islay Blended Malt Whisky is a unique blend of several single Islay malt whiskies, all of them distilled and matured on the southernmost Hebridean Island of Islay, one of Scotland’s oldest centers of distilling.

    Its typical smoky character is derived from drying the barley over a traditional peat, prior to distilling. You will notice the distinctive presence of iodine, seaweed and salt which comes from its long maturation in oak barrels next to the Atlantic ocean. When drinking, add a small splash of spring water to open up all this whisky has to offer.

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  • Original Sheep Dip

    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.

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