Monday, February 29, 2016


The Speyside Distillery has announced the launch of a special edition whisky, to mark the return of the iconic Flying Scotsman steam locomotive to the National Railway Museum following a major restoration. 

Beinn Dubh Flying Scotsman (40% ABV) which takes its name from the Gaelic for ‘Black Mountain’ is a distinctive ruby-black, non-age statement single malt whisky that was finished in toasted port casks from the Douro Valley in Portugal.
Beinn Dubh Flying Scotsman

The commemorative whisky has been produced under licence for the National Railway Museum, which welcomes back its most famous and best loved exhibit, after a decade-long absence.

Speyside Distillery, which is based at the foot of the Cairngorm mountain range in the Scottish Highlands, was selected to produce Beinn Dubh Flying Scotsman single malt Scotch whisky, because of its track record working with other historic brands.

The small, boutique distillery also produces the luxurious Royal Choice single malt under its Spey brand. The expression is sold through the Historic Royal Palaces – a portfolio that includes the Tower of London, Kew Palace and Kensington Palace.

Commenting on the launch, John Harvey McDonough, Speyside Distillery CEO, said: “The distillery’s partnership with Flying Scotsman is the perfect match as both represent heritage, tradition and innovation. I don’t think there could be a better whisky to sum up everything that Flying Scotsman stands for. Just as the locomotive was a pioneer of its day and continues to set new records, Speyside Distillery is marrying traditional distilling techniques with innovative ideas.”

He went on to say: “We are extremely grateful to have been selected by the Flying Scotsman to develop its own brand single malt Scotch whisky, and it will be a huge honour for us to see Beinn Dubh Flying Scotsman hit the shelves in a couple of weeks. We hope that rail enthusiasts and people who love this world-famous locomotive will celebrate its long-awaited return to the National Railway Museum by raising a toast of this very special whisky.”

Beinn Dubh Flying Scotsman, is available from National Railway Museum retail outlets, and will go on general release later this year for a RRP of £50.00.

Posted by Steve Rush