That’s the Spey to do it

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.

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Whisky firm Spey is in high spirits after striking a £140,000 deal which will see its tipple drunk in the US once again.

The firm, run by Sunderland businessman John McDonough, has links with Seaham Hall dating back a century as its cellar was used during the 1920s to store bottles before they were transported to the harbour using its underground tunnels by John’s grandfather Alex Harvey. They were then smuggled to America in breach of prohibition laws in force there at the time.

The firm’s new deal with Stoller is the company’s first venture into the US whisky market for more than 90 years.

Pictured is John McDonough at Seaham Hall celebrating the deal this week.