Edinburgh, Scotland., United-Kingdom
The Crabbie 8 Year Old Single Malt , & 30 Year Old Single Malt, are the first whiskies to launch by John Crabbie & Co since the 1970s.
Once known for its malt and blended Scotch whiskies, distilled in Edinburgh, and green ginger wine, John Crabbie & Co is now famed for its ginger beer.
The whiskies mark the “first steps” towards the return of continuous single malt distilling to Edinburgh after almost 100 years.
John Crabbie & Co dates back to 1801 at Leith docks, from where pioneer John Crabbie travelled the country to source the quality single malts, but also experimented with blending whisky from different distilleries. From the middle of the 19th century, John Crabbie procured stocks of the best single malt whisky from Scotland’s finest distilleries and, working with the likes of Andrew Usher, became known as a true whisky pioneer.
The Crabbie 8 Year Old 46%abv is based on John Crabbie’s original 8 Year Old blend, and has been brought up to date as a single malt.
“The nose initially presents breakfast cereals and evolves into fruit loaf with hints of dried apple,” says Charles MacLean, whisky expert, of the eight-year-old. “It has a smooth texture and sweet taste, with a medium-length finish. Adding water brings a slight waxiness and fruitiness to the aroma, and a spice to the finish.”
The Crabbie 30 year old is a single cask release of only 336 bottles, bottled at 48.6% abv and made using Speyside malt matured in Sherry butts.
Whisky expert Charles MacLean describes it as “a fabulous Speyside single malt, and is the colour of old polished mahogany.
“It gives the overall impression of moist Christmas cake, cooking spice, almonds and crystallised angelica root, with a smooth, mouth-filling texture. Quite simply, it’s sublime.”
The Crabbie 30 Year Old Single Cask Scotch Whisky is £500.00 per bottle, and NOT held in stock, but is available to order from the distillery (if not all sold).
ABV 46% by volume 70cl glass bottle
PER BOTTLE £29.95 (inc VAT)