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Crabbie's Yardhead

(70cl, 40%)

Crabbie's Yardhead

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Crabbie's Yardhead Bottling Note

A no-age-statement single malt from Crabbie's! John Crabbie’s original premises were at Yardheads in Leith, hence the name of the whisky. As the brand new distillery gets up and running, Crabbie's has released this single malt from an undisclosed distillery for us to enjoy! A brilliant spirit to try out some whisky cocktails with - may we suggest a Highball?

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: Custard Cream biscuits, lemon peel, a touch of savoury wood.

Palate: Mint leaf, toffee apple, white grape, slightly toasty.

Finish: Rye heat and soft cinnamon.

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Crabbie's Yardhead Reviews

Really not pleasant, irrespective of price

This is one of the worst single malts I have ever tried, thin, sharp with a sour nose and nasty after-taste. Adding water does nothing to lessen this.

The only way this could ever be palatable to me would be if it was mixed with something with a strong enough flavour to disguise it....maybe Crabbies Ginger Wine though even that might not be enough.

It's going back in the cupboard to be saved for visitors who don't care what they drink, I'm pouring myself a Bulleit bourbon to clean my pallet.

26th November 2020

Decent 4 on score.4.5 on taste. 5 on value. NOT FOR MIXING.

A decent drink.
Your logic defies me. Why suggest to mix n Malt Whisky with anything? Sacrilege!

14th November 2020

Probably would not re purchase

First tasting nice quite simple would prefer a bit more peaty flavour but good value at Sainsbury's.

11th November 2020


This drink is an abomination. And the rest of the bottle will likely be getting poured down the drain or used as paint thinners.

I once drank a turps as a dare and even that tasted better than this.

11th November 2020


Excellent whisky easy to drink toasty flavour

7th November 2020

Pleasant sipping whisky

Usually stick to malts from the isles especially Islay. However had a discount coupon for Crabbies so decided to give it a try. Although it doesn't have the complexity of the malts I usually drink, it is pleasant yet constrained in flavour and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Not convinced it goes well with mixers as the flavour is not powerful enough. None the less I may be buying more.

3rd November 2020

For the value of money it's OK

Nice box and bottle, live in glass for 2 minits and after drink it's much better . For the value of money it's OK.

10th October 2020

Ill certainly buy more and recommend it to others

Im hardly a youngster at 64 or maybe I am...I like sipping whisky and I like a mix with ginger and ice also..crabbies yardhead ticks all the boxes for me ..cheers David

26th September 2020

Did anybody try tasting it before it went in the bottle?

Not very good. Nice bottle and box and then the tasting...just ethanol on the back of the throat for the first 4 or 5 sips before you can get any other flavours that turn out to be short lived and thin. Can't believe that it's been in a barrel for even 3 years. Little wonder that it's recommended for mixers and cocktails. I did stick with it and found it to be a more palatable by the end of the bottle though. Enough to raise it to 2 stars...if you take your whiskey neat as I do, there are much better blends for less money.

21st September 2020

Not a good's too good for that

Bought a bottle with more than a hint of suspicion given that it was introduced to the market as an undefined aged Highland Malt. As somebody who enjoyed the robust Islays as a young man my palate has mellowed and the malts I now enjoy are similarly mellow.

Boy, was I surprised. This was a smooth, easy drinking dram. Okay, it a complex and subtle experience but what it offered was all good. If I closed my eyes I just might have been sipping a glass of Daluaine. It was that good.

Too good for a mixer. Applause to the Master Distiller!

1st September 2020

Pleasant unremarkable drinkable

Nice and restrained whisky. Don't go expecting complexity. It's not there. But there's nothing harsh or chemical. Tasting notes are a little hopeful on this but there is plenty youthful spirit in this glass. Like a Dalwhinnie, good for me whisky drinkers or delicate fillies.

29th August 2020

I agree with below comment.


22nd August 2020


I bought mine for $45 Australian. Took a punt on a horse with no disclosed form and did my dough.
I wish I’d bought a decent blend for the price instead. No subtlety of flavour, and the predominant flavour is unpleasant. Waste of money.

10th August 2020

5 Men tasted it at same the time...

5 Men tasted it at same the time...all 5 said smooth, a nice drop, nice flavour, easy to drink and I liked 5/5...means a 5 star rating. It is not aiming to be a high end scotch, but as a simple single is very good.

4th August 2020

Soft and mellow

Love this, very mellow. Easy drinking. If you are new to whisky it's not a bad place to start.

1st August 2020

What is pish?

A fantastic little malt. Young, of's colourless..but whatever Pish means, ignore them; they are completely off the mark. Buy and enjoy. Fantastic for the low cost. Pish??

22nd July 2020

brilliant ,tasty malt

bought a bottle yesterday,and i have to say I dont think Ive tasted anything as good,and I have tried many malts.

20th July 2020

Nice and easy

Soft, very easy to drink. No pretence to high end single malts. At the price, quite reasonable. A long scotch and dry style.

18th July 2020

The expert's notes are delightfully faithful!

Very drinkable straight; moreso with ice and water. Early notes are laced with bourbon but they never become an imposition. Well worth an evening's investment!!!

9th July 2020


The person who describes this as “pish” is spot on. It tastes like it’s been made from 20% through a whiskey still and 80% through a gin still to smooth it down, it really is quite horrible. Despite brushing my teeth afterwards and gargling with mouthwash the taste still lingered at the back of my throat. It really is quite horrible. There are some really nice no-age-declared single malt whiskies out there, this is not one of them.

7th June 2020

Easy to drink

This is a very nice dram. A little sweet, but fairly smooth. Very nice on its own or ober ice.

7th June 2020


Taste Like Pish , Cocktail whiskey for Whiskey Mac's, Not for drinking neat or with ice, Lacks any depths of flavour. a mono tone flavour of fake orange/ Bitters and White Oak that saps the moister out your mouth that see you though the whole taste, No nice Oils, No Transformation through dilution. Stars on this page are misleading look at the comments, Buy something nice for £20 , Jamersons Stout Cask

29th May 2020

Great choice on a budget

Lovely flavour. Can taste the Carmel flavour.and smell, and also the custard cream aroma. For the price excellent value. Can be drunk on it's own. Lovely bargain.

23rd May 2020

Would rate it as ok but not good

Mmmm ... not much to it, not picking up most of the suggested notes

13th May 2020

4 stars says it all .

SUPERB !!!!...What a bargain ,ideal fir these lockin nights ( and days )

6th May 2020

Sweat but Tasty!

My nose loves that toffee apple hints

2nd May 2020

Excellent value

Picked this up in the supermarket for £18 - for this price it's a no brainer. Smooth, easy drinking and pleasant. I don't see why you'd add a mixer, it's a nice enough dram and a great option to have in the drinks cabinet.

21st April 2020

A nice dram for the price..

Well .. you get what you pay for.. I'm not going to compare it to any other single Malt .. but if you take it as it is.. then it's a reasonable dram..

26th February 2020

Very poor

Very poor, insipid. Having tasted it I can see why they suggest mixing it with ginger ale or even coke.

24th February 2020

Quite enjoyable

Got a bottle as a gift and finished it in 3 nights, which is very unusual for me. Drank it straight and enjoyed it. Didn't burn, but had a pleasant happy feeling with no hangover the next day. Admittedly not the classiest whiskey, but was perfect for the situation of sitting in front of the telly and chilling

11th January 2020

love it

got a bottle from santa was not impressed by the colour opened it and wow its very smooth love it will be buying again

9th January 2020

More than fine

Mild, no after burn, slight taste and aroma. Nice light colour, it tells no lies. Receiving it as a present, it was a great bargain. Better than any blended whiskey.

31st December 2019


I have a lot of experience of single malts....this is NOT good in my opinion. It has a rough, course after burn and yet is soft on the nose.

28th December 2019

Pretty decent

Crabbie's recommend it with ginger ale but any cheap whisky will mix with ginger and taste ok. I tried it with ice and it's pretty decent so can't see why you'd buy it to mix with ginger ale. Decent style of bottle, I like having a cork instead of a screwcap.

22nd November 2019

At the right price...a bargain

Rating given on a taste to price ratio. £18 at Sainsburys is a great deal

16th September 2019

Great New Whisky for cocktail

A very beautiful Whisky to change of all the knowned brand. Complexity and Very Smooth for me, Perfect for old Fashioned and Penicillin.

21st August 2019

New whisky with no pretentions

A whisky made for Ginger
Mild and sweet it is a joy

20th August 2019

Not nice

Horrible - reminded me of dough. Blended whiskies such as Monkey Shoulder and even Aldi Hogwash is more palatable - Jamesons, Bushmills and certainly Tulamore Dew are better options - avoid unless you are a baker!!!!!

24th July 2019

Very pleasant, but somewhat lacking in depth. A mixer will 'kill' it.

An extremely light and quite a refreshing wee dram. Creamy & apple-ish on my palate. It's suggested that it should be paired with a mixer, but I'm no fan of that. Simply poured over an ice cube IMHO it's good as an aperitif and equally pleasant for sipping after dinner. Not an outstanding dram by any means, but at the £18 a bottle I paid in Sainsburys it is great value for the money.

4th July 2019

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