Category Archives: On the road

WhiskyFest NY:

Alex is in New York this week and will be at the WhiskyFest tonight. The Malt Advocate magazine’s 10th Annual WhiskyFest is from 6:30 to 10:00 pm (last pour at 9:30 pm) and should prove to be a cracking evening. With an amazing line-up of brand owners, distillery managers and master blenders from Scotland, Ireland Continue reading..

The SWA set new proposals for labelling

The Scotch Whisky Association are proposing new regulations for the labeling of Scotch Whisky which they hope to push through as European legislation by next spring. Under the proposed regulations, whisky will be strictly defined under one of five categories, single malt, single grain, blended, blended malt and blended grain. Distillers will also be allowed Continue reading..

Swedish Malt Whisky

Here’s an interesting concept. A new malt whisky distillery, in, er, Sweden. (Or Destilleri as the Swedes would say.) Beautiful building, a turn-of-the-century powerstation. Hope the whisky does it justice. Found via the ever watchful WhiskyGrotto.


We’ve been monitoring Facebook recently here at Spencerfield, and are delighted to see a couple of Sheep Dip enthusiast groups have been set up. Indeed, encouraged by this, we’ve also started our own group on FaceBook, called the Sheep Dip Fold, early days of course, and we do enter this world with some trepidation. Particularly Continue reading..

Coverage in Whisky Pages.

The venerable and very well informed online magazine Whisky Pages wrote a nice piece about us this week. Providing it’s readers with an outline of Spencerfield, a mini-bio of Alex and a decent tasting review of Sheep Dip and Pig’s Nose. You can read the article yourself, on the website here:

An orphan brand and proud of it.

Recently, the Wall Street Journal no less, wrote about us. (Only registered subscribers can access the wsj, but you can see the full story here.)

Glenmorangie Revamp.

Much debate has gone on in the Scottish press over the last week, with particular emphasis on the ownership of whisky companies, and the consequences of this ownership. Within this debate the changes to the iconic Glenmorangie label have, not unsurprisingly, generated a fairly emotional response. This was a particularly interesting topic for me as Continue reading..

Trip down memory lane.

We found these fantastic old ledgers covered in dust in the Spencerfield vaults. We have some great old artifacts in our office particularly a range of old price lists from John E McPherson & Sons from 1908 to 1948,have a look! there’s some real gems in here. If you’d like to see more just point Continue reading..

£1,000 a nip:

The price alas, (or should that be thank goodness) not of our beloved Sheep Dip, but for Johnnie Walker 1805. A £1,000 a dram at The Gleneagles Hotel, this limited edition blend is, perhaps not surprisingly, on sale to the general public. Kevin over on the ever-informative Scotchblog had an hugely interesting post on the Continue reading..

Slainte! Another Satisfying Show.

Once again we were out and about with the Spencerfield Horsebox at a fantastic country show. This time it was the Scottish Game Conservancy Fair at Scone Palace, Perthshire. With hundreds, nay thousands of visitors being introduced to the delights of Sheep Dip and Pigs Nose over the 3 day event, by way of our Continue reading..