Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
John Crabbie & Co. (JCrC)
Bottling serie
Single Cask
Stated Age
30 years old
Refill Oloroso Sherry Butt
Number of bottles
48.6 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
05 Feb 2018 6:47 am by holborndrinker
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 995.00

4 × in wishlist

19 × member ratings

14 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Crabbie 30-year-old JCrC

5 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.53 points

  1. lincolnimp scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    This was better than I was expecting, it is certainly not Macallan 30 poor relation.
    • Nose
      88 88
      It certainly smells like a Macallan and is similar to the 30 year 2020 OB that was before it but less of everything.
      Marlborough tart, hints of ginger and peat, the flavours are there, just not expressive enough to get over 90 points.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Now then, big Sherry but not the sweetest and it also has some oak.
      There is a nice marmalade note, with some spice and candied fruits like orange & perhaps apricot?
      This also has some peat which grows as you go ons
    • Finish
      89 89
      Stays spicy until the end but looses some sweetness

  2. detachedblue scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Got confirmed that it's a Macallan! However, the quality is not top-notch, still a decent dram but not worth the £500 tag. Yeah, it's true that £500 is a bargain for a Macallan 30. However, you will never get it confirmed since the bottler didn't pay for the name, the market value of this is hugely degraded.
    • Nose
      Well sherried, just like a decent aged Macallan, a little peat and oak
    • Taste
      Now peat is present, intense, sour barley, citrus fruits
    • Finish
      Long and dry, very minty

  3. lincolnimp scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Macallan OB X 7,1947 onwards 12-30 years + Crabbie 30 year

    Tasted in this order, scores for nose/palate/finish

    12 year 40% sherry oak +/- 2018 - 83/85/83 - 6th
    12 year 43% matured in sherry wood 1990’s - 84/83/82 - 7th
    15 year 1947 80 proof sherry wood Rinaldi - 94/95/93 - clear winner
    15 year 1955 80 proof sherry wood Rinaldi - 92/93/91 - runner up
    18 year 1972 43% sherry cask - 92/92/91 - joint 3rd
    25 year bottled 2011 43% sherry oak - 90/91/92 - 4th
    30 year bottled 2020 43% sherry oak - 92/92/91 - joint 3rd
    30 year Crabbie IB 48.6% Refil oloroso sherry butt - 88/91/89 - 5th

    For some unknown reason to me Macallan still are regarded as possibly the best whisky brand in the world yet in my humble opinion they have produced very little of note in the last 15-20 years.
    Their reputation of the older bottlings is well deserved as it tasted superb and ticked all the boxes of any whisky enthusiast but the more recent stuff is a pale, bland and at times pretty tasteless and bears no resemblance to the old stuff and then you have the premium stuff now like the 30 year that is £5000?
    That sort of price tag is an insult to me and should be for anyone else who knows anything about what a good whisky tastes like,the sample I got cost a bomb but I really wanted it for the h2h.

    Regarding the tasting the new 12 year was pretty much where i thought it would be at around 84 points but the older 12 year i was expecting it to be so much better but alas it wasn’t and bear in mind at auction you can pay over £700 for that one litre bottle.
    The 1947 was a work of art and the best here, the 1955 was not far behind, the 1972, was much better than the last time I had and up a few points as was the 25 year which I have always had a downer on, tasting my last sample it was up 4 points higher and more enjoyable.
    I have to admit the 30 year OB was good but comparing it to a £500 whisky like the Benromach 35 year OB the Benromach is better in taste and obviously value for money.
    Finally the Crabbie surprised me as it was better than expected and not that far behind the 30 year OB bearing in mind it was a refill cask

    I am not a fan of later stuff but the old stuff is excellent and often worthy of high status as this H2H proved,but not always mind I only scored the 1954 OB 80 proof 85 points and that was being generous.

  4. rumrunner scored this whisky 96 points Member Junior

    One of the best whiskies I've had in the past 5 years, well integrated peat/smoke.

  5. lincolnimp scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

     I have heard that this is a Macallan 30 Year Old Sherry Cask expression and was distilled in the year when some lightly peated malt was used by mistake by Macallan apparently, but cannot confirm.

    It costs £500 in the UK and I have heard it is nice but also not worth that sort of money.



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