About Brora Whisky Distillery
The Marquis of Stafford, 1st Duke of Sutherland, founds the distillery as Clynelish Distillery.
The first licensed distiller, James Harper, files for bankruptcy and John Matheson takes over.
James Harper is back as licensee.
Andrew Ross takes over the license.
George Lawson & Sons takes over.
James Ainslie & Heilbron takes over and rebuilds the facilities.
James Ainslie & Co. narrowly escapes bankruptcy and Distillers Company Limited (DCL) takes over together with James Risk.
John Walker & Sons buys a stake of James Risk’s stocks.
DCL buys out Risk.
Scottish Malt Distillers (SMD) takes over.
The distillery is mothballed.
The distillery becomes electrified (until now it has been using locally mined coal from Brora).
A new distillery is built adjacent to the first one, it is also named Clynelish and both operate in parallel from August.
‘Old’ Clynelish is mothballed in August.
‘Old’ Clynelish is reopened as Brora and starts using a very peaty malt over the next couple of years
Brora is closed in March.
Brora 1972 (20 years) and Brora 1972 (22 years) are launched as Rare Malts.
Brora 1975 (20 years) is launched as a Rare Malt.
Brora 1977 (21 years) is launched as a Rare Malt.
Brora 1977 (24 years) is launched as a Rare Malt.
A 30 year old cask strength is released in a limited edition.
Brora 1982 (20 years) is launched as a Rare Malt.
The fifth release of Brora 30 year old.
Reproduced from the Malt Whisky Yearbook 2009 with the kind permission of Mr Ingvar Ronde