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Whiskymag 137 July _Aug 2016

Sheep Dip Blended Malt Scotch Whisky

Pigs Nose Blended Scotch Whisky

These well established Scotch whiskies are produced by the Spencerfield Spirit Company, located at the Spencerfield Farmhouse, on the high ground to the east of Inverkeithing in Fife. An idyllic area surrounded by fields of wheat and barley, overlooking the Firth of Forth and the monumental Forth Rail Bridge.

 

Spencerfield Customer Statement

We have a passion for whisky and we would love to share that passion with you. From our farmhouse on the banks of the Firth of Forth, we strive to bring you whisky which is individual, unusual but above all of the finest quality..

 

Sheep Dip’s Unusual 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

 

Sheep Dip despite its iconoclastic name is a genuinely great whisky.

 

Jim Murray describes Sheep Dip in his 2006 Whisky Bible as “Young and sprightly like a new-born lamb, this enjoys a fresh, mouth-watering grassy style with a touch of spice. Maligned by some but to me a clever accomplished vatting of alluring complexity”

  

Richard Paterson, Scotland’s renowned and only third generation master blender created the Sheep Dip “vatting” by marrying together several single malt whiskies. The whiskies are aged between eight and twelve years in quality "first fill wood," each adding unique characteristics to produce an exceptional product.

 

Sheep Dip Blended Malt Scotch Whisky

Tasting Note:

 

Colour: Rich, golden copper highlights.

 

Nose: Delicate and refined. Soft sensual floral notes arise in perfect harmony supported by an attractive array of complex fruit flavours. 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 flavours 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.

 

Described in Jim Murray's Whisky Bible 2006 as “A big, sweet, chunky, gawky, grain-lashed but hugely enjoyable blend."

 

Pigs Nose Blended Scotch Whisky

 

This exceptional blended Scotch Whisky has been created by Richard Patterson. The whisky’s signature “smoothness” is rooted in its specially selected oak casks.

 

Marrying these with gentle grain whiskies produces a whisky that is truly as “soft as a Pig’s Nose.” Sold and enjoyed in the U.K., U.S.A., Canada, New Zealand, Denmark, and France for over 30 years.

 

Pigs Nose Blended Scotch Whisky

Tasting Note:

 

Colour: Golden sandy highlights. Clear and bright.

 

Nose: Firm and rich luscious creamy, round tones. The long marrying period has brought these many individual characters into one lasting union. Great harmony—soft and full with no ragged edges, smooth and mellow. Plenty of finesse and breeding.

 

Taste:  A positive grip, almost a spicy richness as these great flavors attack the palate—leaving it beautifully rewarded as they drift over. Elegant and distinguished. The Speyside Malts—the heart of the whisky—have played a major part in bringing this quality blend together.

A truly classic long finish.

 

Serving suggestions:

taken with a splash of spring water.

“A big, sweet, chunky, gawky, grain—lashed and hugely enjoyable blend”

 

Sheep Dip and Pig’s Nose was originally produced  in Scotland for

M J Dowdeswell, a landlord of a public house in the village of Oldbury in Gloucestershire, by George Morton Ltd.

 

Sheep Dip Scotch Whisky was first introduced in 1974

and Pigs Nose Scotch Whisky in 1977

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