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Clynelish

Founded in 1819, 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 area's smuggling fraternity.

After purchase in 1896 by James Ainslie & Heilbron, a Glasgow-based blending company, the distillery was rebuilt and 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.

Clynelish Whisky Distillery

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About Clynelish Whisky Distillery

Distillery Number

01408 623000

Distillery Founded

1967

Distillery Capacity

4 200 000 litres

Distillery Status

Active

Distillery Address

Brora, Sutherland

Distillery Owner

Diageo

Distillery Website

www.malts.com

1819

The 1st Duke of Sutherland, founds a distillery called Clynelish Distillery.

1827

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

1834

Andrew Ross takes over the license.

1846

George Lawson & Sons takes over.

1896

James Ainslie & Heilbron takes over.

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.

1931

The distillery is mothballed.

1939

Production restarts.

1960

The distillery becomes electrified.

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.

1983

Brora is closed in March.

2002

A 14 year old is released.

2006

A Distiller´s Edition 1991 finished in Oloroso casks is released.

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

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Clynelish 14 Year Old
(70cl, 46%)
This is a superb example of what Clynelish can produce even at younger age. The balance is sublime and the mouthfeel is perfectly rounded. A great 14 year old Highland malt, quite coastal too.  More info
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$60.47
Some whiskies adopt the dark. Others are born in it. Both are moulded by it, however. This Clynelish was, it spent a finishing period of 3 months in tiny, specially coopered, fresh, first-fill Oloroso...  More info
$124.51
This fantastic Clynelish was matured for 16 years in a single hogshead (4033) before bottling as part of Master of Malt's Single Cask range in April 2013 with an outturn of just 276. Orange, citrus...  More info
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$107.89
Distilled in 1997, this rich Clynelish single malt was bottled for Diageo's Distillers Edition range. Before doing so, it was finished in Oloroso seco casks, and the result is fruity and complex.  More info
$109.19
Independent bottlings of Clynelish remain popular for the simple reason that they taste amazing. If you like fruity whiskies with a little salt and smoke, this could be your thing.  More info
$173.38
An Adelphi bottling of of Clynelish single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in 1990 and bottled in 2014 at 23 years old. It was matured in a refill ex-bourbon barrel and bottled at 49% ABV with an...  More info
$178.84
The well-loved Clynelish distillery produced the whisky for this Maltman bottling in July 1997. It slumbered (read: matured) in a bourbon cask for 15 years until January 2013, when the cask was...  More info
$104.06
This is a single cask release of Clynelish single malt, drawn from cask 10033 which matured the whisky for 17 years with an outturn of 726 bottles. Produced for the Old Particular range by Douglas...  More info
$126.10
16 year old single cask Clynelish? Yes please! This tasty fellow was distilled in 1997, then matured in cask 6871 until 2014, when it was bottled by the talented chaps at Berry Bros. & Rudd (with no...  More info
$117.41
The 1993 vintage from Diageo's range of Distillers Editions. This Clynelish was finished in Oloroso seco casks, and it proffers a wonderfully fruity, waxy flavour. Well worth a try.  More info
$100.35
Independently bottled Clynelish single malt Scotch whisky, bottled by Duncan Taylor as part of their Dimensions series. It is an 18 year old whisky, matured in a single cask (cask #10184, if you were...  More info
$178.59
An Adelphi bottling of Clynelish single malt Scotch whisky, part of their ongoing Fascadale series. This is from Batch 6, which had an outturn of 1496 bottles, all filled with delicious whisky from...  More info
$89.47
Independently bottled single malt from the Clynelish distillery, which was distilled in 1997 and bottled in 2013. It has been given the name Apple Basket by the bottler, Wemyss, and this dram...  More info
$123.59
17 year old Clynelish single malt, distilled in December 1996 and left to mature in a single refill hogshead. It was bottled by Douglas Laing for the old Particular range in March 2014 with an outturn...  More info
$124.16
Cask strength Clynelish! This indie bottling comes from the careful hands at Gordon & MacPhail. The renowned Clynelish distillery in the Highlands distilled this single malt Scotch whisky in 1997 and...  More info
$133.59
The second batch of That Boutique-y Whisky Company's Clynelish is a delicious whisky with a lovely sherried flavour. It comes with a superb hand-drawn illustration of a trio of cats, in the style of...  More info
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$94.60
This was distilled at the Clynelish distillery on the 21st December 1995. It was then aged for 16 years in a single cask (refill sherry butt 12795) before bottling for Signatory's Cask Strength...  More info
$113.11
This fruity Clynelish was distilled on the 3rd April 1997 before a 15 year maturation in a single refill hogshead. We then selected and bottled the cask on the 28th November 2012. There are just 255...  More info
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This Clynelish comes from Carn Mor's Strictly Limited range. It was distilled in 1997 and aged in hogsheads for 15 years before bottling in 2012. A release of 605 bottles from two casks.  More info
$85.17
Single cask Clynelish single malt, bottled by the fine folks at Adelphi. It was distilled in the Highlands in 1996 and left to mature in a ex-Sherry hogshead for 17 years before the cask was opened...  More info
$137.40
Bottled by Signatory at 43%, 859 Ibisco decanters were filled from cask 12796, which contained delicious single cask whisky from Clynelish, aged for 17 years.  More info
$93.18
We sure do love a Clynelish around here, and here's a cheeky 16 year old from Hunter Laing's Old Malt Cask range, 154 bottles of fragrant oak spice, fruit and vanilla goodness.  More info
$124.11
16 year old Clynelish single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in October 1997 and bottled by Signatory in October 2013. This has not been chillfiltered to preserved all the tasty goodness in the whisky!...  More info
$73.84
Another one of Wemyss' tasty releases with equally tasty names, this single cask release of Clynelish was distilled in 1997 and bottled in 2013, where it was christened 'Toffee Glaze'. 258 bottles of...  More info
$127.79
A Clynelish from two single casks (2460 and 2461) yielding 821 bottles.  More info
$58.24
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