The first single malt to be produced in Edinburgh for almost 100 years, Chain Pier Single Malt is the first release from the Granton-based site, which was set up by Halewood Artisanal Spirits as an experimental pilot distillery whilst the larger Bonnington distillery for Crabbie Whisky was still under construction. This whisky has all been distilled on site using a 500-litre copper pot still.
The distillery says that Chain Pier Single Malt, matured in heavily charred virgin oak casks and bottled cask-strength at 57%, is light and fruity on the nose with hints of berries, forest fruits and green apples; boasts rich caramel, sweet malt and ginger spice on the palate; and is rounded off with a long, sweet and spicy finish.
James Stocker, marketing director at Halewood Artisanal Spirits, commented, “The Chain Pier distillery was operational for just a year (between 2018 and 19), yet it gave our team a great opportunity to continue John Crabbie’s legacy of innovation – handcrafting unique distillations and trialling everything from malt types to custom casks.
“The launch of the Chain Pier Single Malt is an incredibly exciting step in the John Crabbie & Co journey, as the malt whisky that we have crafted from start to finish at a site of our own. The quality of the liquid is really testament our distilling team and master blender Dr Kirstie McCallum, and a great preview of what’s to come from the Crabbie whisky brand”.
Over the year that the Chain Pier Distillery was operational, there was a yield of just 39 casks, making this release a very scarce one indeed. It is now available to order from specialist whisky shops and thedropstore.com for an RRP of £65.