The Founders In 1770, John & Robert Harvey began their Whisky journey by firstly founding Yorker distillery then subsequently Dundashill and Bruichladdich distilleries.

Lord Byron, in celebration of his wedding in 1815 sent gifts to his wedding guests including King George III, a cask of scotch whisky thought to be SPEY Single Malt.

1856 - Harvey’s Codex It was in 1856 that Harvey’s finalized the “Harvey’s codex” – which was designed as a family only known recipe for exactly how the whisky was malted, distilled and how the Highland water was chosen as well as the critical wood / casks selection to be used for the maturing of SPEY and also the Harvey’s brand of Scotch whisky.

In 1906, after almost 140 years in business, the Harvey’s were forced to relinquish their distilling interests and focus on the Harvey’s Codex traded whisky produced by friends.

Prohibition Era Then in the 1920’s, Alexander (Alec) Harvey, continued the family trading business by smuggling casks and bottles of SPEY from Seaham Hall in County Durham to the USA, at the height of prohibition.

In 1955, Alec’s daughter Doreen married John McDonough and a year later they had their first child, also called John and then in 1961 their daughter Linda. Inspired by his grandfather’s entrepreneurial spirit and successful foray into whisky trading, John Harvey Jnr. began a long career with Grand Metropolitan-International Distillers and Vintners, eventually relocating to Taiwan before reverting back to the family Scotch Whisky business.

In 1990, John relaunched SPEY in his adopted home, together with Taiwanese colleagues, building it to the No.3 malt brand in a few short years. Then in 2012, John Harvey McDonough realised his grandfather’s dream of returning to distilling, when Harvey’s bought Speyside Distillery Company Limited (SDCL), operating the beautiful Speyside Distillery.
The acquisition will safe-guard the supply of SPEY Whisky, this truly exquisite single malt, for generations to come, making Alec Harvey very happy indeed - in the company of the heavenly angels!

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