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Sunderland man behind first US whisky deal since Al Capone

DRINK DEAL: John McDonough of Harvey's of Edinburgh, which is selling whisky to the U.S. at Seaham Hall.

DRINK DEAL: John McDonough of Harvey's of Edinburgh, which is selling whisky to the U.S. at Seaham Hall.

A DEAL will see a specialist whisky sold in the United States for the first time since 1920s prohibition.

Sunderland businessman John McDonough has secured a £140,000 agreement, which will see the single malt his Spey Whisky firm produces sold through Chicago-based importer Stoller.

John is chief executive officer at Harvey’s of Edinburgh, which was founded in 2001 to sell the whisky, and he is delighted to bring the Spey brand back to America again. He said: “Last time Spey was drunk in America, it may well have been Al Capone and his cronies enjoying its soft notes.

“With this deal we’ll now be able to widen our market and allow today’s American public to enjoy the brand for the first time.

“The US is currently experiencing a huge renaissance in single malt Scotch whisky sales, so it offers enormous opportunities for us.
 “We’re really looking forward to seeing how well Spey goes down over there.”

The Spey brand also has royal links, with bottles of its Spey Royal Choice distilled in Aviemore under licence from Historic Royal Palaces, the independent charity that cares for the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, Banqueting House, Kensington Palace and Kew Palace.

It is only available to buy from the palace shops, online and at Seaham Hall.

 

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