Harvey's of Edinburgh International Profile

Harvey’s of Edinburgh International is headed by John Harvey McDonough, who focuses on the Taiwan market, where more than one million bottles of Spey single malt are sold each year, Spey whisky has been sourced from Speyside distillery, near Kingussie, since McDonough launched the brand some 16 years ago, and since 2012 Harvey’s has owned the distillery, guaranteeing future supplies of spirit.

It was acquired in partnership with major Taiwanese food company Vedan, which has strong trading links with China and Vietnam, providing lucrative new opportunities for Spey. As well as enjoying strong sales in Taiwan, the Spey brand sells in 22 countries including Russia, Spain and the Middle East. 

Harvey's of Edinburgh International History

Harvey McDonough’s family on his mother’s side has a long history in the Scotch whisky industry, dating back to John and Robert Harvey in the 1770s. When Lord Byron was married at Seaham Hall in County Durham in 1815 he presented his friends with a cask of Harvey’s Spey Whisky to celebrate his wedding, even sending a cask to King George III.

During the 1920s and ’30s Harvey McDonough’s grandfather, Alec Harvey, used the cellars of Seaham Hall to store whisky destined for export to Canada and ultimately into Prohibition-era USA.

Harvey MacDonough inherited his grandfather’s passion for whisky, and after working with Grand Metropolitan for 15 years he spent a further three years in Taiwan with International Distillers and Vintners (IDV), before resurrecting his grandfather’s company in 1996. 

Distilleries & Brands

Associated companies

  • Speyside Bonding Company
  • Speyside Distillers Company
  • Speyside Distillery Company


Harvey's of Edinburgh International Limited
PO Box 30592
George Town
Grand Cayman
Cayman Islands

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