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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 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
$86.06
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
$102.55
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
$70.05
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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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
$122.85
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
$138.91
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
$102.75
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
$175.29
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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$58.29
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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$95.65
A 19 year old Clynelish, bottled by Signatory on the 16th June 2009. Matured in sherry butt number 3950, part of an outturn of 754 bottles.  More info
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
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
$110.01
Distilled at the Clynelish distillery in Autumn of 1996, this was matured in two refill hogsheads (numbers 3116 and 3117) for 10 years before bottling for the Provenance range in 2006.  More info
A cask strength Clynelish distilled in 1997. This was bottled by top London wine merchants, Berry Brothers and Rudd.  More info
$70.45
Bourbon matured and finished in first growth Paulliac wine casks from Chateau Latour, this is no ordinary Clynelish. Bottled at Bruichladdich, a release of 2,100 bottles.  More info
A single cask bottling of Clynelish, bottled after 16 years as part of Signatory's Cask Strength Collection.  More info
$114.91
Clynelish 12 Year Old
(70cl, 46%)
From the 'Friends of the Classic Malts' series. Classic distillery character for a superb price.  More info
A very rare edition from the Flora and Fauna back catalogue. This is one of the originals that came in a wooden presentation case, and is very hard to find. Offers up lovely malty, coastal, sherry...  More info
Boisdale is a chain of fantastic whisky and cigar bars across London, notably Belgravia and Canary Wharf, and they have bottled this Clynelish with Berry Brothers and Rudd of St James'. Only 298...  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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$70.45
A 1992 vintage from Clynelish, this single malt was finished in a seco Oloroso cask before bottling in 2007. The sherry notes have developed with spice and there is a lovely rum-like character.  More info
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$74.74
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
$152.16
A delicious 14 year old Clynelish distilled in 1997 and aged in cask 6864 before bottling by Berry Brothers and Rudd in 2012.  More info
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A release of 425 bottles of vintage Clynelish, distilled on the 11th February 1997, matured in hogshead 1617 for 11 years before bottling on the 9th December 2008 by Signatory.  More info
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