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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 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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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
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This is a twenty-three year old Clynelish bottled by independent bottler Duncan Taylor for their Dimensions range.

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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
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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
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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 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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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 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
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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
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A 14 year old Clynelish, distilled on the 18th April 1997 and aged in two hogsheads before bottling by Signatory for their Un-Chillfiltered Collection on the 17th January 2012. A release of 783...  More info
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A 13 year old Clynelish distilled on the 27th May 1998 and aged in two hogsheads before bottling by Signatory on the 8th December 2011. A release of 824 numbered bottles.  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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A wonderful 14 year old Clynelish, distilled in 1997 and bottled at natural cask strength by Adelphi...  More info
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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
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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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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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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
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A Clynelish from two single casks (2460 and 2461) yielding 821 bottles.  More info
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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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This Clynelish was bottled by Berry Brother and Rudd for the Boisdale chain of Scottish restaurants and jazz bars.  More info
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