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Brora

Brora was founded in 1819, originally under the name Clynelish. The distillery was established by the Marquis of Stafford who, after marrying into the Sutherland family, became the first Duke of Sutherland. The distillery was initially intended to take some proportion of local whisky supply away from the smugglers. In 1896, James Ainslie & Heilbron, a Glasgow-based blending company, acquired the distillery and rebuilt it. Brora still retains the floor maltings and kiln that were then installed.

In 1967, a build commenced on a new distillery, also named Clynelish, located just across the road from the original Clynelish. The build was completed a year later and the former Clynelish distillery was renamed Brora (pronounced ‘Broar-err’) in 1969. The name derives from the Old Norse ‘Bru’r aa’ meaning ‘the bridges river’. Brora was purchased in 1930 by Scottish Malt Distillers, who later became a subsidiary of Diageo. Closing in May of 1983, the buildings that made up the Brora distillery are now used by the new Clynelish distillery as a visitor centre and warehouse. Clynelish remains active with a large capacity of 4.2m litres per annum thanks to a seven day working week.

Brora Whisky Distillery

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About Brora Whisky Distillery

Distillery Founded

1819

Distillery Address

Brora, Sutherland

Distillery Status

Closed

Distillery Owner

Diageo

1819

The Marquis of Stafford, 1st Duke of Sutherland, founds the distillery as Clynelish Distillery.

1827

The first licensed distiller, James Harper, files for bankruptcy and John Matheson takes over.

1828

James Harper is back as licensee.

1834

Andrew Ross takes over the license.

1846

George Lawson & Sons takes over.

1896

James Ainslie & Heilbron takes over and rebuilds the facilities.

1912

James Ainslie & Co. narrowly escapes bankruptcy and Distillers Company Limited (DCL) takes over together with James Risk.

1916

John Walker & Sons buys a stake of James Risk’s stocks.

1925

DCL buys out Risk.

1930

Scottish Malt Distillers (SMD) takes over.

1931

The distillery is mothballed.

1939

Production restarts.

1960

The distillery becomes electrified (until now it has been using locally mined coal from Brora).

1967

A new distillery is built adjacent to the first one, it is also named Clynelish and both operate in parallel from August.

1968

‘Old’ Clynelish is mothballed in August.

1969

‘Old’ Clynelish is reopened as Brora and starts using a very peaty malt over the next couple of years

1983

Brora is closed in March.

1995

Brora 1972 (20 years) and Brora 1972 (22 years) are launched as Rare Malts.

1996

Brora 1975 (20 years) is launched as a Rare Malt.

1998

Brora 1977 (21 years) is launched as a Rare Malt.

2001

Brora 1977 (24 years) is launched as a Rare Malt.

2002

A 30 year old cask strength is released in a limited edition.

2003

Brora 1982 (20 years) is launched as a Rare Malt.

2006

The fifth release of Brora 30 year old.

Reproduced from the Malt Whisky Yearbook 2009 with the kind permission of Mr Ingvar Ronde

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The 2010 release of Diageo's superb Brora 30yo. A marked improvement on last year's in our humble opinion.  More info
A very special Brora, this was distilled in October 1976 and aged for 30 years before bottling as a release of 104 bottles in September 2007 for the ultra exclusive Old and Rare Platinum range from...  More info
An incredibly rare, cask strength Brora (a closed Highland distillery) from Diageo's legendary Rare Malts range. This was distilled in 1982 and aged for 20 years. Stunning stuff!  More info
$509.07
A very rare Brora. This single cask was bottled by Douglas Laing, and there are just 93 bottles! Distilled in June 1981 and matured for 28 years before bottling in November 2009.  More info
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A vintage Gordon & MacPhail of Brora single malt Scotch whisky. It was distilled in 1982, a year before the distillery was mothballed. It was bottled as part of the Connoisseurs Choice in 1999. Always...  More info
$514.73
From Lombard's Jewels of Scotland range. This was distilled at Brora in 1982 and bottled in 2004. John Hansell of Malt Advocate rated it with a very high 95 points!  More info
A 24 year old Rare Malt, very rare as Brora closed in March of 1983. This was distilled in 1977 and released in 2001.  More info
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A rare, 30 year old cask strength dram from Brora. The Brora distillery has since been closed and is now used as a warehouse and visitor centre by adjacent distillery, Clynelish.  More info
The most recent release of Brora rare, cask strength 30 year old. John Hansell even rated this a whopping 95 points! This is a muscular, powerful dram.  More info
$438.53
A 26 year old from the Connoisseur's Choice range. This bottling was matured in refill sherry casks and bottled in 2008 exhibiting the typical Brora style; though a Northern Highland malt, it has a...  More info
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$144.44
Continuing on the cat-inspired theme present in the Boutique-y Whisky Company's Clynelish (a distillery which neighbours Brora), here we see a far more terrifying-looking label with a truly ferocious...  More info
Part of a series of seven releases from the Brora distillery, this is the fourth release of Brora 30 year old and was launched in 2005. There are some cereal notes, with oily spice and a nice breath...  More info
Brora 25 Year Old
(70cl, 56.30%)
A rare 25 year old release from the Brora distillery; less than 3,000 bottles were filled. This single malt was matured in American and European oak and exudes nutty, winter spice notes.  More info
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This has recently become a hard to come by bottling from the Brora distillery. A 30 year old released in 2002 as part of a group of older whiskies from the now closed Northern Highland-based...  More info
Just 2,130 bottles of this fifth-edition of Brora 30 were released. Aged in refill American and European oak casks, this single malt was released in 2006.  More info
Just 2,958 individually numbered bottles were released. This Brora 30 year old was matured in refill American and European oak casks and was released in September of 2007.  More info
The oldest release to date of this rare single malt - this 35 year old Brora was bottled at 48.1%abv from re-fill ex-Bourbon casks.Only 1,586 bottles were produced of this excellent single malt in...  More info
$664.39
Strictly One Per CustomerAn annual crowd-pleaser, Brora tends to be a muscular, sooty brute of a whisky, and we love it. 2011's Special Releases sees the launch of a 32 year old Brora, aged in refill...  More info
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Distilled in 1977, this extraordinary 35 year old Brora from Diageo's Special Releases was matured in American and European oak casks. It's the twelfth annual release of...  More info
$1245.89

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