Review: Sheep Dip and Pig’s Nose

Review: Sheep Dip and Pig’s Nose


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 Malt Whiskey – 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 [BUY IT NOW FROM THE WHISKY EXCHANGE]

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 [BUY IT NOW FROM CASKERS]

Sheep Dip




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  1. Joe Ross on January 30, 2009 at 7:33 pm

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

  2. Anonymous on April 1, 2009 at 11:26 am

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

    G hofer

    [email protected]

  3. Dr. Mohan kRISHNA on April 4, 2009 at 8:15 am

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

  4. John (Jack) Dorcey on November 28, 2009 at 11:05 am

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

    Thank You, John (Jack) Dorcey

  5. jd on February 3, 2010 at 10:29 pm

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

  6. mr.pigg on May 14, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    i live in california ,where can i buy this stuff

  7. raju on June 6, 2011 at 6:58 am

    i m bangladesh deshi i like whisky

  8. meahbashir on October 26, 2011 at 11:20 pm

    hate whisky

  9. bashir ctg on October 27, 2011 at 10:36 pm

    i do not like whisky

  10. Christopher Null on October 28, 2011 at 8:35 am

    bashir – you should not drink these then.

  11. Sadi on November 26, 2011 at 5:12 am

    I am Muslim i do not like whisky.

  12. anik on February 6, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    I do not like whisky .Islam is not allow .

  13. ignou assignments on April 1, 2017 at 11:28 pm

    are they available in indian market?

  14. Ignou assignment on August 27, 2017 at 5:37 am

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

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