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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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A cask strength Clynelish distilled in 1997. This was bottled by top London wine merchants, Berry Brothers and Rudd.  More info
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A full-bodied, smoky dram from the Northern Highland distillery, Clynelish. This single malt was distilled in 1997 and bottled at cask strength.  More info
A single cask Clynelish, aged in refill butt number 3951, this was distilled on the 11th May 1990 before bottling by Signatory on the 25th September 2010. A release of 891 bottles.  More info
A deep, tawny-coloured Clynelish, distilled in May 1990 and aged for 21 years in cask 3229 before bottling in 2012 by Duncan Taylor for their Dimensions range. A release of 161 numbered bottles.  More info
$139.50
A 23 year old cask strength bottling from the Rare Malts range of limited cask strength single malts. Distilled in 1974, this is a smoky, peppery dram from the Clynelish distillery.  More info
This is a twenty-three year old Clynelish bottled by independent bottler Duncan Taylor for their Dimensions range.

Clynelish is distilled in the town of Brora where the famous Brora whisky was...  More info
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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
$145.36
A beautiful 23 year old Clynelish distilled in October 1988 and aged in cask 4543 before bottling in October 2011 by Duncan Taylor. A release of 277 bottles.  More info
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A single cask, cask-strength 23 year old Clynelish distilled in 1988 and bottled for Duncan Taylor's Octave cask range.  More info
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$160.24
A surprising non-age-statement expression, released as part of Diageo's 2014 Special Releases. This Clynelish single malt is made from five vintages and five types of cask - this includes American...  More info
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
$120.25
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
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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
$123.42
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