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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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An independent bottling by the talented folks at Signatory of brilliant 14 year old Clynelish single malt Scotch whisky from the Scottish Highlands, taken from casks 7761 & 7762.  More info
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A Clynelish from two single casks (2460 and 2461) yielding 821 bottles.  More info
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Cask 9881 held Clynelish single malt Scotch whisky for 15 years, until Hunter Laing decided it was aged well enough to become part of the Old Malt Cask range in June 2013. 315 bottles were produced.  More info
$108.18
This thirteen year old Clynelish, from the East coast of Scotland, was bottled by The Coopers Choice in 2011.  More info
$79.15
This Clynelish was bottled by Berry Brother and Rudd for the Boisdale chain of Scottish restaurants and jazz bars.  More info
$85.61
Northern Highlands distillery Clynelish distilled this single malt Scotch whisky in 1997. 15 years later, Berry Bros. & Rudd swooped in a bottled the single cask whisky. Good work all round!  More info
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$94.80
This was distilled at the Clynelish distillery in April 1997. It was aged for 13 years in a refill hogshead before bottling for the Old Malt Cask range in April 2010. A release of 343 bottles from...  More info
$101.34
739 bottles of Clynelish single malt Scotch whisky were bottled by those careful hands at Signatory. The whisky was distilled in October 1997 and drawn from two consecutive hogsheads in January 2014...  More info
$73.77
A superb Clynelish, distilled in 1997 and aged in cask 6467 before bottling in 2012 by Berry Brothers and Rudd. This was bottled for the fabulous Boisdale bar, and pairs wonderfully with a...  More info
$92.61
While come people say a chocolate teapot would be useless, this Wemyss Spiced Chocolate Cup is quite the opposite. Distilled in 1997, it's a top notch dram from the Northern Highlands distillery...  More info
$118.07
This sixteen year old Clynelish has been bottled by Douglas Laing for their Old Malt Cask range. This Clynelish has been bottled without chill filtration or colouring.  More info
$111.88
This Clynelish was distilled in 1994 and bottled by Gordon & Macphail at 43%abv.

Clynelish is from the town of Brora, home of the Clynelish Distillery and the now closed Brora distillery.  More info
$85.36
This is a delicious 1997 vintage Clynelish from noted London wine merchants Berry Brothers and Rudd. It was distilled in the Highlands and aged in a single cask (number 6470) for 15 years before...  More info
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$89.17
Delicious, waxy Clynelish aged for 15 years prior to release in cask 9660. Bottled in early 2013 by Douglas Laing.  More info
$88.83
Single cask whisky from Clynelish, bottled by Speciality Drinks. This was distilled on the 27th May 1992 and matured in bourbon barrel number 5871 before bottling on the 20th April 2009 as part of an...  More info
This was distilled in October 1988 at the Clynelish, it was aged for 23 years in cask 4546 before bottling by Duncan Taylor for their Dimensions range in March of 2012. A release of 273 numbered...  More info
$150.37
A rich, spicy Clynelish distilled in June 1995 and aged for 16 years in a refill hogshead before bottling in November 2011. A release of 287 bottles from Douglas Laing's Old Malt Cask range.  More info
$108.71
From Signatory's Unchillfiltered range, this was distilled at Clynelish on the 18th December 1992 and bottled on the 9th December 2009. This is from two hogsheads, numbers 17260 and 17261. A release...  More info
Clynelish hails from the town of Brora, a town famous for its rare namesake whisky Brora which was originally called Clynelish before the new distillery was built - very confusing indeed!  More info
$62.37
A Douglas Laing bottled Clynelish distilled in Autumn 1996 and aged for 11 years in two refill hogsheads (casks 4187 and 4188) before bottling in Spring 2007.  More info
A single cask, cask-strength 23 year old Clynelish distilled in 1988 and bottled for Duncan Taylor's Octave cask range.  More info
$165.77
An intense Clynelish, aged for 15 years in a single sherry butt, distilled in December 1995 and bottled by Signatory in 2011. A release of 629 bottles.  More info
$99.50
Berry Bros. & Rudd bring us yet another fabulous single cask release, this one a 14 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Highlands distillery, Clynelish, bottled in 2012  More info
$90.97
From the Rare Malts series by Diageo, this 24 year old single malt is made on the same site as the (very much more expensive) Brora. Delicious smoky and intense Highland dram.  More info
A single cask whisky, bottled by Signatory. This was distilled at Clynelish on the 21st December 1995 and matured in sherry butt 12792 for 13 years before bottling on the 15th September 2009. A...  More info
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