There was a time, not too long ago, when many distillers were touting 'blended malts' as the next big thing. That has not quite come to pass, but the ever-innovative Compass Box company continues to experiment within the category, while November's Whisky of the Month is a particularly interesting addition to the ranks of blended malts.
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|Sheep Dip Old Hebridean 1990 Vintage (Scotland) |
Sheep Dip Old Hebridean follows on from the success of the ‘standard’ Sheep Dip brand, owned by Fife-based Spencerfield Spirit Company Ltd, but in this instance there is an Islay component, as the name suggests, and the component malts were ‘married’ for a period of 15 years after being blended together. This is an extremely rare practice, and involves 19-year-old Dalmore, 21-year-old Fettercairn and 25-year-old Ardbeg.
Rich and distinguished on the nose, with rounded peat smoke, engine oil, plums, Sherry and brine Fruity on the textured palate, with vanilla, spice, coffee and wood smoke. It becomes more citric with time, and the addition of water releases flavours of brittle toffee. The finish is medium in length, with black pepper, sea salt and lingering peatiness.
40.0% ABV, 70cl, £37.95, specialist whisky merchants.