A liquid formulation of insecticide & fungicide used to protect sheep from parasitic infestation.
Not something you’d want to drink then.
Unless it’s a whisky.
And you’re attracted by the bold name & proud ram emblazoned on the label.
Like I was.
Sheep Dip is produced for The Spencerfild Spirits Company.
It has a very satisfying rich malty feel denoting a blended malt composition – no grain content here.
Pig’s Nose is it’s stablemate.
The malty notes are tamed down on tasting by the sweet grain used in this pleasant blend.
Ian MacLeod Distillers have recently acquired The Spencerfield Spirit Company and – like all new ventures – there is a revamp.
Sheep Dip & Pig’s Nose have shiny new labels.
As the World Whiskies Awards have a category for label design – I feel it worthy to comment – regardless if the content remains the same – which I believe it is.
The proud ram of Sheep Dip – the very emblem that sparked my initial attraction – is now more muted.
Meanwhile the pig for Pig’s Nose has taken on a rather snooty posture – very reminiscent of George Orwell’s Animal Farm character Napoleon.
There’s a current world leader that also has Napoleonic tendencies.
Doublespeak, fake news & vanity.
I’d recommend a re-read of Animal Farm – along with a bottle of Sheep Dip.
The combination of an enjoyable whisky together with a very prescient book is just what the doctor ordered.