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Brora

Brora was founded in 1819, originally 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 smugglers. In 1896, James Ainslie & Heilbron, a Glasgow-based blending company, acquired the distillery and rebuilt it. Brora 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.

In October 2017 Diageo said it was going to revive the closed Brora Distillery. Where we’re not quite sure, given that Clynelish overlaps on its original footprint. The build is due for completion in 2020 so we’ll soon see!

Brora 40 Year Old 1978 - 200th Anniversary Release

70cl, 49.2%

This 40 Year Old hails from the silent Brora Distillery (though plans are under way to revive it!), released to celebrate the 200th anniversary of its opening. The distillery certainly went all out…  More info

Brora 40 Year Old 1978 - 200th Anniversary Release
$4,996.88

Brora 22 Year Old 1972 - Rare Malts

70cl, 61.1%

A brilliant Brora, from the year 1972. Though Brora closed just over a decade after this single malt was distilled in 1983, its resurrection is well under way! The whisky was bottled at 22 years old…  More info

Brora 22 Year Old 1972 - Rare Malts
$11,098.62

Brora 21 Year Old 1977 - Rare Malts

70cl, 56.9%

While Brora remains closed (wishing on a shooting star for it to reopen hasn't worked... Yet), you can still find bottles of their single malt floating around in the world, like this Rare Malts…  More info

Brora 21 Year Old 1977 - Rare Malts

Brora 13 Year Old 1982 (cask 430) - Blackadder

70cl, 43%

Though Brora is closed (though not for long - plans to revive the distillery are in motion!), we can still taste its whisky via rare old bottlings like this! It's a 13 year old Brora distilled in…  More info

Brora 13 Year Old 1982 (cask 430) - Blackadder
$666.25

Brora 30 Year Old (2002 Special Release)

70cl, 52.4%

A 30 year old released in 2002 as part of a group of older whiskies from the now closed Northern Highland-based distillery. This bottle was part of a private collection - if you'd like more…  More info

Brora 30 Year Old (2002 Special Release)

Brora 30 Year Old (2009 Special Release)

70cl, 53.2%

Very rare cask strength 30 year old from Brora. John Hansell even rated this a whopping 95 points! This is a muscular, powerful dram. This bottle was part of a private collection - if you'd like…  More info

Brora 30 Year Old (2009 Special Release)

Brora 30 Year Old (2003 Special Release)

70cl, 55.7%

A rare, 30 year old cask strength dram from Brora. The Brora distillery has since been closed and is now used as a warehouse and visitor centre by adjacent distillery, Clynelish. This bottle was…  More info

Brora 30 Year Old (2003 Special Release)

Brora 32 Year Old (2011 Special Release)

70cl, 54.7%

An annual crowd-pleaser, Brora tends to be a muscular, sooty brute of a whisky, and we love it. 2011's Special Releases sees the launch of a 32 year old Brora, aged in refill American and European…  More info

Brora 32 Year Old (2011 Special Release)
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Brora 25 Year Old (2008 Special Release)

70cl, 56.3%

A rare 25 year old release from the Brora distillery; less than 3,000 bottles were filled. This single malt was matured in American and European oak and exudes nutty, winter spice notes. Please…  More info

Brora 25 Year Old (2008 Special Release)
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Brora 35 Year Old (2012 Special Release)

70cl, 48.1%

The oldest release to date of this rare single malt - this 35 year old Brora was bottled at 48.1%abv from re-fill ex-Bourbon casks. Only 1,586 bottles were produced of this excellent single malt in…  More info

Brora 35 Year Old (2012 Special Release)

Brora 37 Year Old 1977 (Special Release 2015)

70cl, 50.4%

The fourteenth annual release of Brora single malt in Diageo's Special Releases is also the oldest in the series - a 37 year old 1977 vintage matured in refill American oak hogsheads. A release of…  More info

Brora 37 Year Old 1977 (Special Release 2015)
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Brora 30 Year Old (2007 Special Release)

70cl, 55.7%

Just 2,958 individually numbered bottles were released. This Brora 30 year old was matured in refill American and European oak casks and was released in September of 2007. Please note: The…  More info

Brora 30 Year Old (2007 Special Release)

Brora 21 Year Old 1982 (cask 280) - First Cask

70cl, 46%

An independently bottled single malt that was distilled all the way back in February 1982 at Brora, and matured in a single cask (#280) for 21 years until it was bottled for the First Cask range at…  More info

Brora 21 Year Old 1982 (cask 280) - First Cask

Brora 1982 (bottled 2015) (Lot. No. RO/15/01) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 46%

Distilled at the sadly closed Brora distillery in the Highlands of Scotland in 1982, this Gordon & MacPhail bottling matured in a refill Sherry puncheon. This bottle was part of a private…  More info

Brora 1982 (bottled 2015) (Lot. No. RO/15/01) - Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail)

Brora 20 Year Old 1982 - Rare Malts

70cl, 58.1%

An incredibly rare, cask strength Brora (a closed Highland distillery) from Diageo's legendary Rare Malts range. This was distilled in 1982 and aged for 20 years. Stunning stuff! These bottles…  More info

Brora 20 Year Old 1982 - Rare Malts

Brora 34 Year Old 1982 (Special Release 2017)

70cl, 51.9%

2017's Special Release Brora is the sixteenth in the series from this celebrated closed coastal distillery. Distilled in 1982, by which time far less peat was being used than during previous decade,…  More info

Brora 34 Year Old 1982 (Special Release 2017)

Brora 18 Year Old 1981 (cask 570) - Signatory

70cl, 43%

Independently bottled single malt from the closed Brora distillery, aged in a single cask for 18 years - from March 1981 to July 1999. It was bottled by Signatory, producing just 430 bottles. This…  More info

Brora 18 Year Old 1981 (cask 570) - Signatory

Brora 24 Year Old 1977 - Rare Malts

70cl, 56.1%

A 24 year old Rare Malt, very rare as Brora closed in March of 1983. This was distilled in 1977 and released in 2001. This bottle was part of a private collection - if you'd like more detailed…  More info

Brora 24 Year Old 1977 - Rare Malts
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Brora 38 Year Old 1977 (Special Release 2016)

70cl, 48.6%

An exciting Brora that promises more "smoke, ash and peat" than recent releases, this 38 year old single malt from was distilled back in 1977. Matured in American oak hogshead and refill European oak…  More info

Brora 38 Year Old 1977 (Special Release 2016)
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Brora 23 Year Old 1980 (cask 824) - Dun Bheagan (Ian Macleod)

70cl, 49%

An old indie bottling of 23 year old single malt from the sadly shut Brora distillery. This was distilled in 1980 (three years before Brora was closed for good) and aged in a single hogshead until…  More info

Brora 23 Year Old 1980 (cask 824) - Dun Bheagan (Ian Macleod)

Brora 30 Year Old - 3rd Release (Special Release 2004)

70cl, 56.6%

Ooh, looky - a Brora Special Release from 2004! 30 year old single malt from this closed and highly-sought after distillery. 3,000 delicious bottles were released. This bottle was part of a…  More info

Brora 30 Year Old - 3rd Release (Special Release 2004)

Brora 1982 (bottled 2000) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 40%

This is a Gordon & MacPhail bottling of Brora single malt Scotch whisky, as part of their Connoisseurs Choice range. This bottling features whisky which was distilled in 1982, a year before the…  More info

Brora 1982 (bottled 2000) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

Brora 35 Year Old 1978 (2014 Special Release)

70cl, 48.6%

Strictly 1 Per Customer A well-loved regular of Diageo's Special Releases, single malt from the closed Brora distillery is hugely sought after by connoisseurs and collectors alike. For the 2014…  More info

Brora 35 Year Old 1978 (2014 Special Release)

Brora 1982 (bottled 2008) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 43%

A 26 year old from the Connoisseur's Choice range. This bottling was matured in refill sherry casks and bottled in 2008 exhibiting the typical Brora style; though a Northern Highland malt, it has a…  More info

Brora 1982 (bottled 2008) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)
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Brora - Batch 2 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 52.1%

It is well known that whisky from the closed Brora distillery are the (wild)cat's pyjamas and rare as hen's teeth, which is why we're sure many ears will perk up at the sound of this: Batch 2 of…  More info

Brora - Batch 2 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

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