Edinburgh based distiller, John Crabbie & Co has announced a sponsorship deal with Scottish Rugby which sees Crabbie’s Gin become the official Gin partner of Scottish Rugby.
John Crabbie & Co was founded in the Port of Leith, Edinburgh, in 1801 and since then it has been producing an innovative range of drinks. Continuing this legacy of quality, Crabbie's gin and liqueur range have all been inspired by original recipes written by John Crabbie, with the earliest dating back to 1837, reinvented for the 21st century. The names celebrate the dates that these were originally created by John Crabbie. Using unique botanicals and productions methods brings pioneer distiller John Crabbie & Co. into the modern day.
Born in the Edinburgh in the early 19th century, John Crabbie was born into a family of grocers and merchants based in the Cannongate area of the city. He strove out on his own to form John Crabbie & Co in the Port of Leith – the entry point to Scotland for fresh fruits from Europe and exotic spices from the new world. He was fascinated by these ingredients and where they had come from so traveled the world to source them.
The Crabbie family connection with Scottish Rugby is as historic as Crabbie's Gin recipes. The Scottish Rugby Union was founded in 1871 around the same time that Crabbie’s Gin was being created. Two of John Crabbie’s grandsons played for Scotland; John (aka Jack) Edward Crabbie scored the winning try in a Calcutta cup match in March 1904 and his brother George Ernest Crabbie made his international debut against Wales in the same year, both playing on the wing.