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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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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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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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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 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
Delicious, waxy Clynelish aged for 15 years prior to release in cask 9660. Bottled in early 2013 by Douglas Laing.  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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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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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
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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 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
$90.19
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
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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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$92.32
An intense Clynelish, aged for 15 years in a single sherry butt, distilled in December 1995 and bottled by Signatory in 2011. A release of 629 bottles.  More info
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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
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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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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
$105.35
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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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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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
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A single cask bottling of Clynelish, bottled after 16 years as part of Signatory's Cask Strength Collection.  More info
$110.59
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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A wonderful 14 year old Clynelish, distilled in 1997 and bottled at natural cask strength by Adelphi...  More info
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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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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
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