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Buying Guide Top Ten Spring 2017: Sheep Dip Islay Blended Malt

February 24th, 2017

Sheep Dip Islay copyThe Spring 2017 issue of Whisky Advocate magazine hits newsstands in early March. We’re counting down the top ten highest-rated new releases as reviewed in the Whisky Advocate Buying Guide. For our Editor’s Choice, Value Pick and more great whiskies, subscribe now!

#9—Sheep Dip Islay Blended Malt, 40% ABV, $60

There has been an excellent streak of Islay blended malts recently, and here is another worthy contender from the Spencerfield Spirit Company. This one offers the sizzle of bacon fat, thick clods of peat, cocoa, and breezy smoke. The rounded palate has sweet satsuma, spice, generous malty notes, and burnt caramel. The wafting smoke builds until it engulfs the back of the palate. You will be wanting one of these. —Jonny McCormick

Advanced Whisky Advocate Rating: 93

4 Responses to “Buying Guide Top Ten Spring 2017: Sheep Dip Islay Blended Malt”

  1. Ol' Jas says:

    I’ve passed this up on local retailers’ shelves over and over again. On paper, at least, it’s just not worth the price: an NAS blended malt from undisclosed distilleries, diluted to the max of 40% ABV, and seemingly colored by all appearances?

    And on the shelf next to better-presented and lower-priced bottles from the likes of Laphroaig and Ardbeg?

    Is this really worth a ~1/3 premium over Ardbeg 10 at $45?

    • Susannah Skiver Barton says:

      I can’t speak for the reviewer, or for any consumer debating the value of this particular whisky, but I hope you’ll get a chance to try it to assess for yourself! Speaking personally, I think blended malts are underrated. Ultimately, of course, whether or not it’s worth the price is up to you.

  2. MadMex says:

    Who me? I’m still hanging on to 2 or 3 bottles of 1990 Sheep Dip “Old Hebridean”. Should I stay or Should I go (The Clash)?

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