In 1815, during the reign of King George III, Lord Byron married Seaham Hall owner’s daughter, Lady Annabella Milbanke. In celebration of his wedding and in the knowledge of his royal friend’s preference, Lord Byron gifted a cask of scotch whisky, thought to be SPEY Single Malt, to King George III.
The recent tracing of this cask to Kew Palace opened new SPEY connections. Based on this history the relationship with two Royal Charities commenced.
The first is Historic Royal Palaces, the independent charity which manages and maintains some of the nation’s finest Royal Palaces, including the iconic Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, Banqueting House, Kensington Palace, Kew Palace and Hillsborough Castle
SPEY Royal Choice Single Malt is produced under license from The Historic Royal Palaces and was specially created to celebrate this partnership. This exclusive bottle is sold in all palace gift shops.
The second is The Prince’s School of Traditional Arts, which helps students learn about the practical skills of traditional arts and to understand the philosophy inherent within them. The School benefits from the patronage of HRH The Prince of Wales and SPEY offers annual scholarships to students from all around the world.