The perfect time for a dram?

Crabbies bottle

HALEWOOD Wines & Spirits has expanded its Scotch whisky brand, John Crabbie & Co, ahead of Christmas with the introduction of a new 12 year old single malt.

The whisky, from an unnamed island distillery, is slightly peated and bottled at 43% ABV.

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It is described as having deep malty and fresh aromas, with notes of green grass and citrus. The palate is said to deliver a rich flavour that includes sweet honey, grilled orange and green tea before a lasting smokey finish.

The new bottling joins the 8 year old and 30 year old malts, which were introduced earlier this year. Further bottlings will be launched in the near future.

Although the Crabbie name has more recently been associated with ginger wine and alcoholic ginger beer, it was originally established in the 1800s as a whisky bottler.

The Crabbie name returned to its whisky roots earlier this year when Halewood launched the 8 and 30 year old whiskies.

David Brown, managing director of John Crabbie & Co, said: “With the launch of this exceptional-tasting, premium 12 year old single malt, we are staying true to our brand legacy by continuing to source some truly spectacular casks from some of the most famed distilleries across Scotland.

“This latest bottling adds another dimension to our renowned portfolio and provides the opportunity for new and existing single malt Scotch enthusiasts to experience an additional variant, and a new style within the Crabbie whisky collection.”