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Sheep Dip Old Hebridean 1990

Great marriage of sweet, spice, and peat

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@TheFitzReview by @TheFitz

14th Jun 2010


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This is a unique vatted whisky by Sheep Dip. A blend of Dalmore, Fettercairn, and Ardbeg. After blending, these whiskys are left to age for additional 15 years, making for a wonderful marriage. This is truly a great find for the price, well under $100. The word that I have read is that it's a 25 year Ardbeg, 19 year Dalmore, and a 21 year Fettercairn.

Nose: marriage of the three is seamless, sweet honey, orange zest, anise spice, bitter chocolate.

Body: Beautiful texture to this whisky, as the age is just perfect. Hard to believe the vanilla spice of the Dalmore and the peated Ardbeg work so well together, but they do. Much more enjoyable than a sherried peat, IMHO. Slight notes of tobacco, and peat leaf smoke. Very firm delivery, but not too aggressive. Cant get over how well these three marry together. Wonderful dram.

Mouth: A little disappointing is that fact that is was chill filtered and bottled at a weak %40 ABV. That is about the only set back of this great whisky. Thin and smooth on the palate, the leafy peat flavor gives way to citric acid, and spice. The finish is short to medium, leaving you with hints of brine and sea breeze. Bitter saltiness remains.

This whisky has been selling great, as people are drawn to the name Sheep Dip alone. Unfortunately I have not tried the traditional Sheep Dip, so I can not compare. The "Old Hebridean" is a must have for the price. Just shy of a 90 in my book, but I'm going to give it 9 stars anyway, as the price pumps it up a notch. If you see this one in your local tavern or pub, please try it.

89/100, 9 out of 10 stars.

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jeanluc commented

A match made in heaven!

12 years ago 0

galg commented

sounds YUMMM

12 years ago 0

TheFitz commented

It is YUMMM! Blew me away the first time I sampled it, and we are almost done with our bottle and havent been able to get any more! Big bummer. But that is how it goes...you find something of interested and it disappears!

12 years ago 0

rogerdodger commented

It's still available at MoM, TWE and Milroys. Great stuff.

11 years ago 0

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