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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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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
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A single cask bottling of Clynelish, bottled after 16 years as part of Signatory's Cask Strength Collection.  More info
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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
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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
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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
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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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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
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This was distilled on the 18th December 1992 and aged for 17 years in hogsheads numbers 12763 and 12765 before bottling on the 13th October 2010 by Signatory. A release of 797 bottles of Clynelish.  More info
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
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Distilled on the 18th December 1992 at Clynelish, this was aged in two hogsheads before bottling on the 18th May 2011. A release of 771 bottles from Signatory.  More info
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Bottled in 2006, this Connoisseur's Choice bottling of Clynelish was distilled in 1993 and bottled by Gordon and MacPhail. Matured in refill sherry casks.  More info
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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
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This Clynelish was distilled in 1994 and bottled by Gordon & Macphail at 43%abv.

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A cask strength Clynelish, bottled by Gordon and MacPhail. This was matured in refill sherry casks and the bottlers describe it as being "Fresh with classic Highland style".  More info
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