Halewood releases new whiskies under historic Crabbie name


Crabbie whisky

The historic whisky brand of Crabbie is being revived with the launch of two new releases ahead of the opening of a new distillery in Edinburgh.

Halewood Wines & Spirits has launched Crabbie 30-Year-Old and Crabbie Eight-Year-Old single malts – the first whiskies to carry the Crabbie name since the 1970s. John Crabbie & Co was known not only for supplying single malts and blends but also for Crabbie’s Green Ginger Wine.

The two new releases, using whiskies sourced from other distilleries, herald the opening of John Crabbie & Co’s new distillery as part of the redevelopment of Leith’s Granton Harbour this summer.

Crabbie 30-Year-Old is made using high-quality Speyside malt matured in sherry butts, with only 336 70cl bottles produced, at a recommended price in retail of £500. It will be available from February 1.

Leading whisky expert Charles MacLean describes 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.”

Crabbie Eight-Year-Old is based on John Crabbie’s original Eight-Year-Old but brought up to date as a single malt. Charles 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.”

With ABV of 46%, there are only 12,000 70cl bottles available globally, with a recommended retail price of £30.

Crabbie Whisky dates back to 1801 when it was founded at Leith docks, going on to gain a reputation for supplying single malts and blended whiskies from different distilleries.

John Crabbie was also a co-founder of Edinburgh’s North British Distillery along with Andrew Usher, the pioneer of blended whisky.

According to Halewood Wines & Spirits, John Crabbie was involved in the creation of the classic Whisky Mac as he sold his ginger wine and Crabbie whisky to MacDonald of Glenalbyn, leading to what was originally called a Whisky MacDonald.

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.”

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