John Crabbie & Co debuts 22YO whisky

by Alice Brooker

Halewood Artisanal Spirits has released 253 bottles of a 22-year-old Crabbie single malt finished in a rare Palo Cortado Sherry cask.

The 22 Years Old Orkney Single Malt Whisky has been crafted by master blender Dr Kirstie McCallum, who joined Halewood last year. She commented: "This beautiful, single cask Orkney single malt is a very special whisky, an unusual coming together of the wonderfully smoky flavours of the original Bourbon-matured dram with so much depth and richness from one of the world’s rarest and most coveted Sherries." The expression spent 21 years in ex-Bourbon casks, before being transferred to a Palo Cortado Sherry cask. It was left to mature for six months at the Crabbie warehouse in Edinburgh. McCallum added: "With only a few hundred bottles going on sale, I’m sure it will delight for drinkers looking for something special to enjoy or give as a gift over Christmas and New Year. "It’s also the perfect end to my first year at the helm of Crabbie’s whisky portfolio, and it gives me enormous pride to be continuing the founder’s legacy: of producing unique, unexpected and great quality whiskies for everyone to enjoy." The 47.5% ABV bottling contains hints of raisins, dried fruit, vanilla fudge and berries on the nose, balanced with a peppery smoke. The palate delivers flavours of sweet berries and cream, with soft caramel toffee and hints of dark chocolate and coffee. The finish is long and smoky. Crabbie 22 Years Old Orkney Single Malt is non-chill-filtered, and available to purchase from The Whisky Exchange with an RRP of £175 (US$229.52). Last month, the whisky producer released 260 bottles of a 28-year-old expression – Crabbie 1992 Speyside Single Malt – in the UK. Yesterday (7 March), Halewood revealed that it has moved production of its JJ Whitley vodka back to England, two years after it opened a multi-million-pound distillery for the brand in Russia.