Original Sheep Dip

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.

Additional Information


Featured Recipes

ROB ROY
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
Egg White
Rinse of Absinthe
Club soda
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

Technical Details

  • Origin: Scotland
  • Category: Scotch Whisky
  • Sustainability: Sustainable Practices
  • ABV: 40%
  • Age: textinput
  • Sizes Available: 50ml, 750ml, 200ml
  • Pack Size: 96/50ml, 6/750ml, 24/200ml
  • UPC Code: 0 87647-7443 4

Recent Press

  • Wine Image For Whisky Lovers Author: Unlisted
    Date: Wednesday, July 30, 2014

    "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...

    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 the 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."

  • Score: 94 Points

    Wine Image Wine Enthusiast Author: Kara Newman
    Date: Tuesday, October 15, 2013

    "The silly name of this delicious, hard-to-put-down blended Scotch supposedly is derived from the days when farmers hid their home-made whisky from the nosey excise officers in barrels marked Sheep Dip. Made with a blend of 16 single malts from the four major whisky regions, this has an intense apple aroma and flavor, overlaid with a faint curl of smoke. The earthy smokiness grows on the finish, with intriguing dry and savory notes, like bakers chocolate and brine. Pair this with crumbly aged cheeses."

    Grade: "Top 50 Spirits for 2013"
  • Score: 90 Points

    Wine Image Ultimate Spirits Challenge 2012 Author: Unlisted
    Date: Thursday, March 1, 2012

    "Bright copper/bronze color. Aroma features malted milk balls, marshmallow, pine, black pepper and dried herbs. In the mouth, the flavor profile highlights the malted grain and semisweet oakiness, which borders on vanilla extract. Aftertaste is medium-long, a touch sap-like and gently spiced."

    Grade: Excellent, Highly Recommended
    Finalist
  • Score: 90 Points

    Wine Image The Tasting Panel Author: Anthony Dias Blue
    Date: Saturday, October 1, 2011

    "Medium amber color; fragrant, toasty nose; mellow and lush with lovely flavors of spice, oak, grains and caramel; treacle; flowers and lush finish. Charming!"

  • Wine Image The Modern Distillery Author: Gregg Glaser
    Date: Friday, September 30, 2011

    "A deep, rich, malty sweet aroma with some fruit, rich, fruity and spicy with a touch of smoke. It's big and voluptuous in the mouth. The finish is long and spicy with a hint of smoke."

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