Crabbie Whisky, one of Scotland’s most enduring and celebrated whisky brands, will return to the Scottish whisky market this month with two special limited expressions: Crabbie 30-Year-Old and Crabbie Eight-Year-Old.

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Both whiskies are reflective of its founder’s passion to only put the finest liquids under his name. They are the first to bear the Crabbie family name since the 1970s and celebrate the reestablishment of one of the most famous brand names in Scotch Whisky. The limited release single malts represent the first steps towards the return of continuous single malt distilling in Edinburgh after almost 100 years’ absence.


A single cask release of only 336 bottles, the Crabbie 30-Year-Old is made using exceptionally high-quality Speyside malt matured in the finest sherry butts, and commands a recommended retail price of £500. Whisky expert Charles MacLean describes the exceptionally rare Crabbie 30-Year-Old 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 crystalised angelica root, with a smooth, mouth-filling texture. Quite simply, it’s sublime.”

Bottled at 48.6% ABV, the 30-Year-Old is available in 70cl single glass bottles, presented in a special gift box, complete with a prominent age statement, cork closure and metallic rip seal capsule. The design pays homage to the brand’s rich Scottish heritage and its colour palette has been taken from the original bottling. It will be available at selected luxury retailers from February 1st, 2018.


Accompanying this rare expression, Crabbie has also launched an Eight-Year-Old Highland single malt Scotch whisky, based on John Crabbie’s original Eight-Year-Old, but brought up to date as a single malt.  

On the characteristics of the Crabbie Eight-Year-Old, Charles MacLean said: “The nose initially presents breakfast cereals and evolves into fruit loaf with hints of dried apple. 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.”

It will be available in 70cl format, bottled at 46% with a recommended retail price of £30.


As a brand of true expertise, Crabbie Whisky begun its legacy in 1801 at Leith docks, where John Crabbie soon gained a reputation as a pioneer. Crabbie travelled the country to source the very best single malts, but also experimented with blending whisky from different distilleries to create complex flavour profiles. His visionary approach paved the way for the creation of many popular blended whisky brands. However, his obsession for creating and seeking out the highest quality Scotch whiskies available was his passion, and this is the driving force behind the new John Crabbie Whisky.


His imaginative flair for mixing also created one of the most famous cocktails in the world. Records show that John Crabbie first sold his ginger wine and Crabbie Scotch whisky to ‘MacDonald of Glenalbyn’, and it is from this partnership that the iconic ‘Whisky Mac’ (originally known as a Whisky MacDonald) was created.


David Brown, the newly-appointed managing director of John Crabbie & Co, said: “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.

“With the launch of the new John Crabbie Whisky collection we are honouring his legacy and ensuring his impact on single malts will be felt, and tasted, for years to come.”

The two single malts were unveiled to industry experts and whisky lovers at a Burns Supper in Edinburgh, John Crabbie’s native city.


Author: kimbarnard

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