Wine Enthusiast 94
"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."
"This vatted whisky borrows the term. Made from the blending of 4 different single malt whiskies (one from each major distilling area) with ages ranging from 8 to 12 years old. Peat a whisper of iodine, heather orange,citrus, some floral notes, melons,leather and hints of pipe tobacco. You can pick out the individual regions where the malts came from. At 35 a bottle, it is competitive with Johnny Walker Black Label and much better for the novice. Good as a gift as it covers all the Scotch taste bases - something for everyone." ~ Distillery notes
Much mythology has grown up around Scotch whisky but in reality a great whisky does not have to be the product of one distillery; nor should its age be a measure of quality. Richard Paterson, Scotland's renowned and only third-generation master blender, created the Sheep Dip "vatting" or marrying together 16 different Highland, Island and Speyside single malt whiskies.
The whiskies are aged between eight-21 years, each adding unique characteristics to produce an exceptional product. These chosen whiskies are married together in fresh (first-fill) American oak barrels to produce the Sheep Dip Blended Malt.
Sheep Dip takes its name from the English farming term for an insecticide once used on British sheep farms. There was a time when the farmers would distill their own whiskies and store them in barrels marked "SD" to avoid expensive distilling taxes, thus the term "Sheep Dip" became slang for whisky in the region. Eccentrically named, yet of unsurpassed quality.