Sheep Dip


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

The 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.

Jim Murray describes Sheep Dip in his 2006 Whisky Bible as “Young and sprightly like a new-born lamb, this enjoys a fresh, mouthwatering 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.

Testament indeed, that despite much mythology that has grown up around whisky,in reality a great whisky does not have to be the product of one distillery, nor should its age be a measure of quality.

Rich, golden copper highlights.

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.

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.


18 Responses to Sheep Dip

  1. Miller says:

    For the uninitiated to lesser-known scotch, I like to tell them that Sheep Dip packs a punch that makes Talisker seem like Dewars. Some folks get scared, others… their eyes light up like a five-year old on Christmas morning.

  2. Jane says:

    we agree and have very wide bright eyes

    please will you vote for us at the Dammies

    just send an e-mail to

    and write Sheep Dip
    and Happy New Year


  3. If you want to buy the sheep
    Online you can take the leap
    Don’t be shy,
    As we have supply,
    Just don’t drink so much you weap.

  4. Howdy. Did not get a response back from the Sheep Dip limerick posted. If you do not want to use it, can you e-mail it back to me as I did not keep the original copy…

  5. for a whisky that is sooooo good!! It is sooo hard to get in the states. In 15 years I have found it stocked in to stores

  6. two
    the world knows that americans cann’t spell

  7. Alex says:

    Not sure where you are but Admiral Imports of New Jersey are doing a great job getting the brands back into circulation .
    Call them for your nearest stockist973 857 2100
    Kind regards Alex

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  9. Big Bains says:

    We stock sheep dip and have done so for a while but demand for it isnt as strong as anticipated,but if you ever fancy a bottle come and see us at 520 Hagley Rd West OLDBURY.

  10. Elliot says:

    Have been reading about sheep dip for a while now and was wondering if anyone knew if it is chill filtered or if it contains spirit caramel? Thanks a bunch!

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  12. Charles says:

    I had my first drink of Sheep Dip yesterday, that is the best dam scotch I have ever tasted..

  13. John E. Wilson says:

    Enjoyed your Sheep Dip very much. Can’t wait to try Pigs Nose, usually a JWBL person, Sheep Dip presents a good argument to change, look forward to more consumption of your whisky. Thank you for producing this new (to me) nectar.

  14. David Munns says:

    Where can I purchase this

  15. Timothy says:

    I ran across Sheep Dip for the first time (here in the States) since 1990, and immediately picked up a bottle. A delightful dram that packs a punch, to be sure. A small correction to your packaging, however: On the box, it says SD includes malt whiskies aged from 8 to 21 years; on the back label of the bottle it says 8 to 16. A little confusing! But small potatoes compared to the taste of this lively dram!

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