Yardhead Whisky from John Crabbie and Co. is a new, beautifully crafted, sweet addition to the infamous Crabbie’s line who created the ever-popular alcoholic ginger beer. This single malt is made for mixing, as the brand wanted to create a young ‘no age’ whisky which would be perfect in cocktails – allowing mixologists and bar tenders to experiment and create wonderful new drinks with whisky.
Described as ‘light, sweet and youthful’, this whisky has pleasant notes of toffee and vanilla to start before it moves to a crisp, tart taste with green apples and lemon zest. There are hints of shortbread biscuits and cinnamon before it finishes on a peppery note.
Although Yardhead whisky is not super complex, this unique lightness makes it perfect for mixing in cocktails. Crabbie’s themselves have provided a variety of recipes for people to try at home.
Some of Taste Magazine's Favourites include:
Pina Colada (as featured in the recipe section of the print edition of Taste)
A little bit of Yardhead whisky, pineapple juice, coconut water and a squeeze of lemon will take you to the tropical islands of the Caribbean on a taste of sweet, tart delight.
Whisky Pom Sour
This ingenious creation uses pomegranate juice and grenadine to complement Yardhead whisky and allow the sweet notes of the whisky to swirl around the bursts of tartness provided by the pomegranate.
This simple yet delicious cocktail lives up to its name. A little bit of Yardhead whisky and Crabbie's 12 year old Single Malt whisky combined with ginger wine is the perfect concoction for a heavy heavenly infused cocktail which is sure to solve everything for an evening out.. or perhaps in.
However, this young whisky still stands on its own as it won Gold for Distillers’ Single Malts 12 Years and Under at the 2020 International Spirits Challenge. Be sure to try it neat as well as in a variety of cocktails!
Crabbie’s origins can be traced to 1801 when Miller Crabbie set up his own business as a merchant in Edinburgh. His son John Crabbie then expanded into the whisky blending business when he acquired a porter brewery in Leith. In 1885, he teamed up with Andrew Usher and William Sanderson to found the North British Distilling Company and since then Crabbie’s has grown and strengthened. One of the company’s biggest successes came by changing the way whisky was consumed; such as blended whisky or creating cocktails. The company says it was John Crabbie who created the Whisky Mac, possibly one of the first ever whisky cocktails.
Crabbie’s has continued to create other products such as their famous ginger beer and their other whiskies including their 12-year-old Speyside Single Malt Whisky.
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