Return to company's roots

Crabbie unveils £7m plan for whisky distillery in Leith

David Brown of Crabbie

David Brown: ‘historical links’


John Crabbie & Co has announced plans to bring single malt whisky distilling back to the company’s original home in Leith.

Parent company Halewood Wines & Spirits will invest more than £7m in the plant which is expected to open in early 2019,.

The distillery on Graham Street will be close to John Crabbie’s original 1801 premises at Yardheads, Great Junction Street. It is the latest plan to bring whisky distilling back to Edinburgh.

Most recently the company’s brand has been associated with Crabbie’s green ginger wine and for a range of popular ginger beers, but the real history of the Crabbie name lies in Scotch whisky.  

John Crabbie gained a reputation for selecting the best casks available from more than 70 distilleries to sell under the Crabbie name.

His visionary approach led to the creation of the North British grain distillery in Edinburgh, a business that is still thriving today.  With the decline of the Scotch Whisky industry and of the port of Leith during the 20th century, the Crabbie whisky brand, like so many others, disappeared and Edinburgh lost its status as the capital of Scotch whisky. 

Commenting on the Leith plan, David Brown, managing director at John Crabbie & Co said: “It’s particularly pleasing that it will bear the name of John Crabbie, surely one of Edinburgh’s most legendary sons.

“The site we have chosen in Leith has historical links with Scotch whisky production and maturation dating back over 200 years and we hope it will contribute to the rising prosperity of the area.”

Other plans for Edinburgh

Holyrood Distillery: Almost £6 million has been raised to convert the former Engine Shed in St Leonard’s Lane into a single malt distiller and visitor centre opening early next year.

Port of Leith Distillery: There are plans to build a single malt distillery on a site neighbouring the Ocean Terminal Shopping Centre and The Royal Yacht Britannia in Leith

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked as *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.