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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, 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 stunning Clynelish, distilled in 1997. This was originally aged in bourbon then finished in premier cru Médoc from Château Lafite. In 2008, it was bottled at the Bruichladdich distillery, and...  More info
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
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
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 12 year old single cask Clynelish, matured in refill hogshead 5609 before bottling by Douglas Laing. Distilled in Autumn 1997 and bottled in Autumn 2009.  More info
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 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
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
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
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
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
$91.05
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
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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$69.69
A combination of two casks of Clynelish (12367 and 12368). Bottled by Signatory.  More info
$64.06
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
This is the first batch of delicious Clynelish single malt from That Boutique-y Whisky Company. It's got a lovely flavour, typical of the house style, though with a good dose of sherry thrown in for...  More info
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
User Rating:  Rating (2.5/5)
$73.92
Clynelish remains popular with whisky connoisseurs the world over and it is easy to see why with this fruity offering bottled from a single cask by Berry Brothers and Rudd.  More info
$89.26
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
$150.50
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
$62.43
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
$85.68
This is a natural cask strength Clynelish, bottled at fifteen years old without chill-filtration by Adelphi. An excellent whisky and a must-have for any Clynelish fan.  More info
$125.54
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
$73.92
A single cask, cask-strength 23 year old Clynelish distilled in 1988 and bottled for Duncan Taylor's Octave cask range.  More info
$165.92
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