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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 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
$149.64
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
$63.22
A combination of two casks of Clynelish (12367 and 12368). Bottled by Signatory.  More info
$64.87
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
$127.13
An absolutely stunningly packaged single cask Clynelish from Signatory's range of beautiful Ibisco decanters. This was distilled on the 21st December 1995 before a maturation of 16 years in cask...  More info
$83.20
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
$86.52
Delicious, waxy Clynelish aged for 15 years prior to release in cask 9660. Bottled in early 2013 by Douglas Laing.  More info
$90.03
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
$113.40
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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$90.39
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
$119.68
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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$92.20
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
$70.17
This Clynelish was bottled by Berry Brother and Rudd for the Boisdale chain of Scottish restaurants and jazz bars.  More info
$86.77
This thirteen year old Clynelish, from the East coast of Scotland, was bottled by The Coopers Choice in 2011.  More info
$80.23
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
$93.87
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
$58.98
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
$109.65
A Clynelish from two single casks (2460 and 2461) yielding 821 bottles.  More info
$58.98
The 1993 vintage from Diageo's range of Distillers Editions. This Clynelish was finished in Oloroso seco casks, and it proffers a wonderfully fruity, waxy flavour. Well worth a try.  More info
$101.63
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
$129.42
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
$94.36
This Clynelish comes from Carn Mor's Strictly Limited range. It was distilled in 1997 and aged in hogsheads for 15 years before bottling in 2012. A release of 605 bottles from two casks.  More info
$86.25
This fruity Clynelish was distilled on the 3rd April 1997 before a 15 year maturation in a single refill hogshead. We then selected and bottled the cask on the 28th November 2012. There are just 255...  More info
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This was distilled at the Clynelish distillery on the 21st December 1995. It was then aged for 16 years in a single cask (refill sherry butt 12795) before bottling for Signatory's Cask Strength...  More info
$114.55
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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$109.26
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