Crabbie Whisky returns with two single malts

Crabbie Whisky will return to the Scottish whisky market this month with two limited expressions.

Crabbie 30-Year-Old and Crabbie Eight-Year-Old are the first to bear the Crabbie family name since the 1970s. The limited release single malts represent the first steps towards the return of continuous single malt distilling in Edinburgh after almost 100 years’ absence.

The 30-Year-Old is a single cask release of only 336 bottles and it is made using high-quality Speyside malt matured in sherry butts. The whisky is priced at £500 a bottle.

Whisky expert Charles MacLean describes it as “a fabulous Speyside Single Malt”, which he said is the colour of old polished mahogany.

He added: “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.”

The 48.6% abv 30-Year-Old is available in 70cl single glass bottles and it is presented in a special gift box, complete with prominent age statement, cork closure and metallic rip seal capsule.

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. The Eight-Year-Old is bottled at 46% and is priced around £30 for 70cl.

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.”

Crabbie Whisky began its legacy in 1801 at Leith docks. John Crabbie travelled the country to source the very best single malts, but he also experimented with blending whisky from different distilleries to create complex flavour profiles.

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.”

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