John Crabbie 28 Years Old 1992 Speyside

John Crabbie 28 Years Old 1992 Speyside

  • ABV: 45.5%
  • Age: 28 Years Old
  • Bottling: John Crabbie & Co.
  • Category: Speyside single malt scotch whisky
  • Cost: £350
  • Origin: Undisclosed distillery
  • Vintage: 1992

What they say

Pioneering Scotch whisky brand, John Crabbie & Co, is building upon its award winning Independent Bottling credentials and continuing its legacy of innovation with the launch of a new single cask, 28 YO Speyside Single Malt, of which just 260 bottles will be released.

One of the brand’s oldest expressions to date, this rare, 1992 Speyside Single Malt has been matured for 28 years in a single cask from an unnamed distillery in the Glenlivet Valley of Speyside. It boasts fresh fruit aromas on the nose, with hints of spicy oak, toffee apples and chocolate caramels on the palate, all rounded off with a lovely smooth, sweet creamy finish.

Bottled at 45.5% at Crabbie’s own facility in Edinburgh, it is presented in an elegant wooden presentation case, and in Crabbie’s new, bespoke bottles. These feature embossed detailing to showcase the distinctive Crabbie elephant and ‘Leith, Edinburgh’ wording in order to further emphasise the heritage and provenance of the brand.

John Kennedy, Commercial Controller for Scotland, John Crabbie & Co, comments, “John Crabbie was well renowned for sourcing whiskies from the very best distilleries in Scotland, and as we seek to continue his legacy – this 1992 Speyside Single Malt is certainly no exception. Given the quality of the liquid and the real rarity of an age release from this Speyside distillery, this is an incredibly exciting launch for the John Crabbie brand, and we’re confident that it’ll be well-received amongst whisky fans. Plus, with the price point, and the limited production, we don’t think it’ll be available for long”.

The RRP for Crabbie’s 1992 28 YO Speyside Single Malt is £350. It is available to order now – please contact john.kennedy@halewood-int.com/0 7769 306779 for more information.

What I say

A 28 year old from an undisclosed ‘Glenlivet valley’ distillery…? Bottled by John Crabbie & Co. this single cask produced only 260 bottles at outturn and was bottled at Cask Strength of 45.5% ABV.

This post was sponsored by www.crabbiewhisky.com by provision of a sample of this product.

My tasting notes:

  • Appearance: Chardonnay gold (6/20), oily, medium, slow tears and legs.
  • Nose: Sweet estery, fruits, apple, pear, acetone/nail polish remover and wood varnish, chalk/Edinburgh rock, massively fruity & cloying, hints of vanilla, biscuit and more glue/varnish solvents/spirity nature, floral a little copper and banana later.
  • Taste: Medium-bodied, polished and fruity on the palate also, apples, pear, banana, mango, solvents, light wood vanillic and a hint of cinnamon and allspice, lemon puff biscuits, chocolate limes sweeties add to the caramel and honey sweetness.
  • Finish: Long, drying at first then sweet and still with that unusual fragrant floral spirit/solvent characteristic


A powerful, fragrant dram full of fruit and flowers, distinct spirit character throughout that was really rather inviting. Wood varnish and tropical fruits abound. At this point I usually like to take a guess at undisclosed/secret samples but I’m swayed too much by the inclusion of Glenlivet in the press release – I’d not be surprised if this was correct.

Score 91/100

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