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US deal to supply whisky.

SUNDERLAND businessman John Mc-Donough has secured a deal which will see the single malt - Spey Whisky - sold in the US for the first time since 1920's prohibition.

The PS140,000 deal with Chicago-based whisky importer Stoller is Spey's first venture into the American whisky market for more than ninety years. Last time the Spey band was seen in the US was during prohibition when it was smuggled into America by John's grandfather Alec Harvey.

Harvey set up a warehouse in the cellars of the, then abandoned, Seaham Hall selling the family's Spey Whisky. In the dead of night he would transport casks of Spey via secret tunnels from Seaham Hall to the harbour, where it was shipped across the Atlantic to be allegedly enjoyed by infamous gangster Al Capone.

Today Spey enjoys a much more salubrious reputation. The third biggest seller in Taiwan - ahead of Glen Morange - Spey is distilled in Aviemore using the finest locally-sourced ingredients and traditional, handcrafted distilling methods.

Following the purchase of Speyside Distillery late last year by Harvey's of Edinburgh, the Spey brand now has the capability to reach new export markets and this year will be launched in America, Russia and France.

Chief executive officer at Harvey's of Edinburgh, John McDonough, is delighted to bring the Spey brand back to America again ninety years on.

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 U.S. 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."
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Title Annotation:Business
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Apr 10, 2013
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