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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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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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£38.40
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
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£65.73
The well-loved Clynelish distillery produced the whisky for this Maltman bottling in July 1997. It slumbered (read: matured) in a bourbon cask for 15 years until January 2013, when the cask was...  More info
£62.64
16 year old single cask Clynelish? Yes please! This tasty fellow was distilled in 1997, then matured in cask 6871 until 2014, when it was bottled by the talented chaps at Berry Bros. & Rudd (with no...  More info
£70.68
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
£53.86
A Càrn Mòr bottling of Clynelish single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a single cask for 23 years. It was distilled in September 1989 and sat in cask #5890 for 23 long years until August 2014, when it...  More info
£141.01
Independently bottled single malt from the Clynelish distillery, which was distilled in 1997 and bottled in 2013. It has been given the name Apple Basket by the bottler, Wemyss, and this dram...  More info
£74.40
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
£60.41
An Old Malt Cask bottling of 16 year old Clynelish single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a single refill hogshead. It was distilled by the Highland distillery in May 1997 and aged for 16 years until...  More info
£79.15
17 year old Clynelish single malt, distilled in December 1996 and left to mature in a single refill hogshead. It was bottled by Douglas Laing for the old Particular range in March 2014 with an outturn...  More info
£74.74
Bottled by Duncan Taylor, this is a single cask release of Clynelish single malt Scotch whisky, matured in sherry oak for 25 years. It was distilled in October 1988 and bottled in July 2014 with a...  More info
£270.24
A surprising non-age-statement expression, released as part of Diageo's 2014 Special Releases. This Clynelish single malt is made from five vintages and five types of cask - this includes American...  More info
£500.00
An indie bottling of Clynelish single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in 1997 and left to mature in a single hogshead. It was bottled in 2014 by Wemyss with an outturn of 373 bottles. As with other...  More info
£67.11
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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£99.88
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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£53.73
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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£64.95
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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£56.95
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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£57.12
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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£41.95
12 year old Clynelish distilled in February 1998 and aged in hogsheads 2454 and 2455 before bottling by Signatory in March 2010. A release of 798 bottles.  More info
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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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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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£44.50
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
£74.95
An Adelphi bottling of of Clynelish single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in 1990 and bottled in 2014 at 23 years old. It was matured in a refill ex-bourbon barrel and bottled at 49% ABV with an...  More info
£107.66
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
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