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Review: Sheep Dip and Pig’s Nose Scotch Whisky

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Got samples of my two favorite-named Scotch whiskys, which are now becoming quite widely available in the U.S. market. How do they fare in tastings?

sheep-dip-scotch-whiskySheep Dip – This golden-colored, vatted malt is a blend of 16 single malt whiskys aged between 8 and 21 years, its name arising from British farmers’ slang for whisky: sheep dip (so called to avoid paying taxes on home-distilled spirits). The nose is heavy on the malt, a rich and starchy tone that promises a really meaty spirit. The palate, however, is quite a bit more subdued. Citrus hinted at in the nose is stronger here, overpowering the malt a bit. It’s very pleasant and easy to drink, but not overly complex. Certainly something to break out at the end of a long day in the fields rather than to cap off a gourmet feast. 80 proof. B / $30

Pig’s Nose – An even better name, drawn from a farming expression “soft as a pig’s nose.” No idea what that originally referred to, but Pig’s Nose the whisky is not nearly as soft as Sheep Dip. More bronze in color, this is a traditional blended Scotch mixing single malt and grain whisky together, then aged five years. It’s young and rough around the edges, not at all like Sheep Dip, with big peat fire, a nutty lace running through the body, and heavy with alcohol despite being, like its brother, just 80 proof. Unlike Sheep Dip, Pig’s Nose is complicated, but it comes together in a muddy way. Again, I could drink it all night, but better options abound. B- / $30

spencerfieldspirit.com

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16 Comments

  1. Joe Ross January 30, 2009

    Where do I get Sheep Dip in North Carolina, Alabama and or South Carolina?

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  2. Anonymous April 1, 2009

    where can I get Spencerfield’s Sheep Dip and Pig’s Nose, retail on-site in Washington state, USA ???

    G hofer

    [email protected]

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  3. Dr. Mohan kRISHNA April 4, 2009

    Hi AM from India………where can I g Spencerfield’s Sheep Dip and Pig’s Nose—-
    Dr. Mohan kRISHNA

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  4. John (Jack) Dorcey November 28, 2009

    Can I samples of Sheep Dip ? Where can I buy it in Arizona.

    Thank You, John (Jack) Dorcey

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  5. jd February 3, 2010

    The wash state liquor control board has a nice search function
    show 53 bottles aroudn seattle right now feb 2010

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  6. mr.pigg May 14, 2011

    i live in california ,where can i buy this stuff

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  7. raju June 6, 2011

    i m bangladesh deshi i like whisky

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  8. meahbashir October 26, 2011

    hate whisky

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  9. bashir ctg October 27, 2011

    i do not like whisky

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  10. Christopher Null October 28, 2011

    bashir – you should not drink these then.

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  11. Sadi November 26, 2011

    I am Muslim i do not like whisky.

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  12. anik February 6, 2012

    I do not like whisky .Islam is not allow .

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  13. ignou assignments April 1, 2017

    are they available in indian market?

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  14. Ignou assignment August 27, 2017

    I don’t prefer this. By the way Nice review!

    Reply

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