John Crabbie and Company of Glasgow was established in 1801. They have always imported ginger from the Far East, which is why they have an elephant trademark. The steeped ginger they use in brewing their ginger beers is matured for eight weeks. For this Spiced Orange Alcoholic Ginger Beer real orange extract was added in the brewing once the maturing stage was complete. At 4% volume this ginger beer was gluten free and served in a 500ml bottle. On opening the bottle there was a spiced ginger aroma and a good strong hit of orange in the smell. The spicy ginger and orange mixed well together in the initial fiery taste. As the flavour progressed, spices rolled around the taste buds tantalising the tongue, there was also sweetness from the orange that complimented the overall taste, leaving a pleasing spiciness for an aftertaste. I found this Spiced Orange Alcoholic Ginger Beer very refreshing with a healthy feeling and warming quality to melt away those winter chills. I reckon this Spiced Orange Alcoholic Ginger Beer would go well with a fishy meal or even better with ginger biscuits or the Benedick’s BitterOranges that Cinabar blogged about last Christmas. Have a Merry Christmas!