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Crawford's 3 Star - Special Reserve

Overall rating
84.58/100
votes
14
Category
Blend
Bottler
A. & A. Crawford Ltd. (AACf)
Bottling serie
Blended Old Scotch Whisky
Strength
70 (proof)
Size
757 ml
Label
70° proof - 26 2/3 fl.ozs.
Added on
13 Oct 2014 8:34 am by ralfkri
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 146,41

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Whisky Reviews for Crawford's 3 Star - Special Reserve

9 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.58 points

  1. markjedi1 scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    Texture
    A & A Crawford was founded in Leith in 1860 and released this 3 Star Special Reserve (they went on to add a 5 Star in 1920). In 1944 it was the most popular brand in Scotland. DCL took notice and bought the brand, only to fade it out to make more room for their Johnnie Walker, Dewar’s and White Horse. In 1986, however, the brand was sold to Whyte & Mackay, but they did not give it a second lease on life. Today, you will be hard pressed to find a bottle. I will try from a 1960s release at 70 proof.

    Supple and light nose on honey, apples, sweet malt and mild spices… with a sour touch that I attribute to the age of the bottle.

    It is feisty on the palate, with a nice oily texture. Now I get toffee, nuts and orange peel with a nice bitterness. There is even some smoke that I really appreciate.

    It’s said oranges and smoke that linger in the medium long finish.

    Lovely old blend. Pity about the sour note on the nose, but easily forgiven after more than half a century in the bottle.

  2. St. Pauli scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    A decent blend, to say the least.
    • Nose
      Good stuff, both fresh, green and on dried fruit. It's backbone is a toffeed malt, that is leathery, beefy and rather jammy. Besides that there is a freshness of pine needle, honey and an almost perfumed floral nose.
    • Taste
      The lower ABV is showing, unfortunately. Apart from that, the jammy, leathery dominance stays. Old leather, orange, fig jam. Then there is toffee, and allspice from the wood.
    • Finish
      Quite short, a bit dry on spices, but furthermore in the presence of the jammy dried fruit.

  3. Hvdree scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      79 79

  4. hans1971 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  5. lincolnimp scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Benrinnes malt is one of the main components of this blend 

  6. JacobaEd scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      80 80

  7. afrb scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    This is a 1977 bottle I am tasting.. Lots of malt and fudge, rum and raison. What a nice surprise.
    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      87 87

  8. lincolnimp scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      86 86

  9. lincolnimp scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Not as good as the old 5 star blend but worth trying although it is getting expensive now.
    • Nose
      Good nose on honey, butter,  caramel, cinnamon.

      There is some orange in the mix and a little rum & raisin.
    • Taste
      Tastes old with some oaky bitterness mixed in with dark orange marmalade.

      Bitter dark chocolate, and caramel wafer. Gets sweeter in time and it is a coffee sweetness now with some dryness.
    • Finish
      approaching medium length

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