SPEY is the name given to the primary range of single malts produced at The Speyside Distillery, near the village of Kingussie (they also produce the “Beinn Dubh” single malt range). The distillery is the most southerly in the Speyside region, & is the closest in the region to the source of The River Spey.
Production commenced in 1990, having taken the founder, George Christie, over 20 years to construct. The distillery has been under its current ownership since 2012, with John Harvey McDonough as CEO. John had established his business in his adopted homeland of Taiwan, before returning to Scotland in 2012, and is the 11th generation of the Harvey distilling family.
With an annual production capacity of 600,000 litres, the distillery is small in comparison to many of its neighbours, and concentrates on single malt production. The SPEY range has developed over the years to include a variety of NAS and age statement releases, along with limited edition cask strength bottlings.
Several of SPEY releases have received awards in recent years, including a “Scotch Whisky Master” from Spirits Business Magazine & a Grand Gold medal from Concours Mondial de Bruxelles. At the annual World Whisky Awards, SPEY are three-time category winners and received their highest accolade to date this year, with a recent release being declared the “World’s Best Single Cask Single Malt”.