Surrounded by rolling fields of wheat and barley, whilst overlooking the Firth of Forth and monumental Forth Rail Bridge, lies Spencerfield Farmhouse. Steeped in fascinating heritage, the 16th century Fife farmhouse is home to the Spencerfield Spirit Company and its unique, iconoclastic collection of exceptional spirits. Set up by former marketing director of Glenmorangie, and whisky aficionado, Alex Nicol, Spencerfield Spirits prides itself on being a close-knit, family run business. A business where Alex and his wife Jane are whole-heartedly dedicated to providing a quality niche alternative to the more conventional mainstream brands. Their flagship product, the irreverently named, yet seriously flavoursome Sheep Dip was developed in 1970, with its stablemate, the seductively smooth Pig’s Nose being launched three years later. Both award winning whiskies have recently been joined by the refreshingly indulgent Edinburgh Gin and the 1990 Old Hebridean, a first vintage for Sheep Dip.
An old West Country term, British farmers have long referred to whisky as Sheep Dip – an insecticide used to delouse sheep prior to sheering. There was a time when farmers distilled their own ‘home made’ whisky and in order to avoid paying taxes to the revenue man, they’d hide it in barrels marked Sheep Dip’. Sheep Dip Islay Blended Malt Scotch Whisky is a unique blend of several single Islay malt whiskies, all of them distilled and matured on the southernmost Hebridean Island of Islay, one of Scotland’s oldest centers of distilling.
NOSE: Roasted peaches and tomato aromas mingle with notes of campfire smoke.
PALATE: smoky with sweet undertones of sugared grains.
FINISH: Short, with sweet pastries and light pepper.