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Sheep Dip Blended Malt

Flat but Drinkable

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@vanPeltReview by @vanPelt

21st Jun 2013

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Nose: Needs to open. Something like tequila, and fermenting(rotting) strawberries. Later, something like refried beans; and if I had to pick the closest herb, it would be oregano.

Palate: Smooth entry, and then grassy, with notes of hay and bitter peels. The nose's tequila and strawberry return, along with some steamed broccoli juice.

Finish: Like straw-- vaguely sweet but flat.

This blended malt was rumoured as decent for the price. This might be true for those shopping in the price range, but for me it just passes the mark as drinkable: it is smooth, but it is flat.

The nose is strange and reminds me a of... Isle of Jura 10! So I was not too surprised to read that Jura was among the 16 Scotches used to concoct this. My recommendation is to get the Jura 10 instead, which seems to be less expensive anyway. In lieu of "character", it is a little sweeter (e.g. apricot, caramel, tobacco) and overall more pleasant.

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7 comments

@systemdown
systemdown commented

Have you tried the Old Hebridean 1990 version? If you haven't, you may enjoy it greatly. It's a pretty special vatting and even at 40% ABV (as with this regular Sheep Dip) it has loads of character and complexity.

6 years ago 0

@vanPelt
vanPelt commented

Thanks @systemdown, I have read good things about the Hebridean. I would like to try it but just have not come across it. I wonder why only 1990.. no follow-up?

6 years ago 0

Rigmorole commented

long gone. . . wishful thinking

6 years ago 0

@maltygirl
maltygirl commented

Did Sheep Dip issue new bottling with the retro label? I’ve only seen Sheep Dip with the angry looking sheep on the label. However I was in a store last week and saw one bottle with the label showing the sheep farmers with herd moving them to the sheep dipping station (the yellow label). I googled to see if this was really an old bottle and could only find that this label was from 1980s sheep dip bottlings. Just wondering if this is really an older bottle or a new bottle with a retro label. Anyone know?

6 years ago 0

@vanPelt
vanPelt commented

@maltygirl I would doubt you'd get an answer here (in this rather buried and uncategorized review!), so I duplicated your search and can only find this yellow label at antique and whisky auction websites. If it were a recent label, then your store should have stocked more than 1. However, the auction price is low (and I would expect that to continue), so even if it is not a recent/retro label, it's not a good investment bottle.

6 years ago 0

@maltygirl
maltygirl commented

@vanPelt Thanks for your response. It was just an odd find considering the store is a somewhat large spirit chain but only 1 bottle with the yellow label was in with the others (for the same price). I did a search while standing there and also noticed the auction price low. And because of that I would have used it for a side by side comparison tasting to see if there is a difference to older Sheep Dip as compared to today's bottling. I didn't buy it; it's still sitting there. Unfortunately or fortunately, we have no investment bottles because they all or will all eventually get opened and enjoyed.

6 years ago 0

@vanPelt
vanPelt commented

@maltygirl That's some devotion! You definitely like Sheep Dip more than I do :) As implied in my review, I would be more curious of your H2H comparison with Jura Origin. Although if you do taste the old bottle, it would be great to see your review/impressions here.

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