Harley-Davidson riders from around the UK gathered in the Scottish Highlands for the annual Thunder in the Glens rally last weekend and visited the Speyside Distillery to be presented with commemorative bottlings to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the event.
Speyside Distillery is the home of Beinn Dubh – an unusual ruby-black coloured whisky – which was launched at Thunder in the Glens last year. It was well received by the thousands of bikers at the event, which is the biggest Harley-Davidson rally in Europe.
Two limited edition releases have been created for the anniversary. The first is a rare 20 year-old single malt from the archives of Speyside Distillery and just 200 bottles have been produced. In addition, the distillery has produced a second 20th anniversary single malt with commemorative label which is available in greater quantities.
One of the commemorative bottles has been sent to the home of Harley-Davidson in Milwaukee.
George McGuire is the rally co-ordinator for Thunder in the Glens and led the ride out to the distillery, which is located near the village of Kingussie.
“We feel a special affinity with Speyside Distillery, and being able to take so many of our visitors out here today has been a truly magical experience – one of the highlights of the entire weekend,” he says.
“As we were travelling further and further away from civilisation, I am sure some of them thought I was pulling their leg and the distillery didn’t actually exist. But that’s the real beauty of Speyside Distillery – it can only be found by those who want to seek it out.
“However, now that so many Harley owners around the world have become fans, I’m not sure how much longer it will remain a secret.
“Our visitors recognise what a rare chance they have to own what is essentially a piece of the distillery’s history. Opportunities to buy something like this do not come along every day, and some of our visitors have bought one bottle for drinking and one for keeping on the shelf to commemorate a fantastic weekend.”
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