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Sheep Dip Blended Malt

Bee Season is here

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@RantavahtiReview by @Rantavahti

19th Feb 2013


  • Nose
  • Taste
  • Finish
  • Balance
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Sheep Dip was an insesticide used to delouse sheep prior to sheering. When farmers decided to make some "home made" whisky without the intention to pay taxes, they'd hide it in barrels marked SD. So there's a great story behind this whisky but the greatness stops there. Even though the ingredients for this one are intriguing. Sheep Dip contains 16 different single malts the Lowland, Highland, Speyside and Islay (between ages of 8 and 21 years).

None of the flavors overpowers in Sheep Dip, which makes it lack in personality. For me this was too flat, yet smooth. But the smoothness itself isn't enough. Maybe the Sheep Dip "Old Hebridean" 1990 might have some character (vatting of Ardbeg, Dalmore and Fettercairn single malts matured separately for 10 years and then married together and matured for another 10 years).

For the lack of personality I'll name Sheep Dip the official "Richard Gere whisky". Sorry for all the Gere fans. Actually I have to admit that I haven't seen the movie Bee Season. I just used it in the title because Gere is in it and the word bee suits in my nose and taste findings.

Nose: Tangy fragrant with malt and honey.

Taste: Malty, a bit spicy and woody.

Finish: A bit tangy but smooth overall.

Balance: Very flat and lacks in personality.

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