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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 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)
$1,568.25

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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$1,568.25

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
$1,311.25

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)
$1,940.65

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
$786.75

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 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)
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$1,518.00

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 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.  More info

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

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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$1,360.96

SMWS No. 61.10 18 Year Old 1981 (Bottled 1999)

70cl, 58.3%

A Scotch Malt Whisky Society bottling of Brora single malt - say those words in that order and you're likely to make the ears of every Scotch whisky enthusiast in a two mile radius prick up. This…  More info

SMWS No. 61.10 18 Year Old 1981 (Bottled 1999)

Brora 30 Year Old (2006 Special Release)

70cl, 55.7%

Just 2,130 bottles of this fifth-edition of Brora 30 were released. Aged in refill American and European oak casks, this single malt was released in 2006.  More info

Brora 30 Year Old (2006 Special Release)

Brora 30 Year Old (2002 Special Release)

70cl, 52.4%

This has recently become a hard to come by bottling from the Brora distillery. A 30 year old released in 2002 as part of a group of older whiskies from the now closed Northern Highland-based…  More info

Brora 30 Year Old (2002 Special Release)

Brora 30 Year Old (2005 Special Release)

70cl, 56.3%

Part of a series of seven releases from the Brora distillery, this is the fourth release of Brora 30 year old and was launched in 2005. There are some cereal notes, with oily spice and a nice breath…  More info

Brora 30 Year Old (2005 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 30 Year Old (2009 Special Release)

70cl, 53.2%

The most recent release of Brora rare, cask strength 30 year old. John Hansell even rated this a whopping 95 points! This is a muscular, powerful dram.  More info

Brora 30 Year Old (2009 Special Release)

Brora 1982 - Jewels of Scotland (Lombard)

70cl, 50%

From Lombard's Jewels of Scotland range. This was distilled at Brora in 1982 and bottled in 2004. John Hansell of Malt Advocate rated it with a very high 95 points!  More info

Brora 1982 - Jewels of Scotland (Lombard)

Brora 28 Year Old 1981 - Old and Rare Platinum (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 57.4%

A very rare Brora. This single cask was bottled by Douglas Laing, and there are just 93 bottles! Distilled in June 1981 and matured for 28 years before bottling in November 2009.  More info

Brora 28 Year Old 1981 - Old and Rare Platinum (Douglas Laing)
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Brora 30 Year Old 1976 - Old and Rare Platinum (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 55.1%

A very special Brora, this was distilled in October 1976 and aged for 30 years before bottling as a release of 104 bottles in September 2007 for the ultra exclusive Old and Rare Platinum range from…  More info

Brora 30 Year Old 1976 - Old and Rare Platinum (Douglas Laing)

Brora 30 Year Old (2010 Special Release)

70cl, 54.3%

The 2010 release of Diageo's superb Brora 30yo. A marked improvement on last year's in our humble opinion. This bottle was part of a private collection - if you'd like more detailed photos just…  More info

Brora 30 Year Old (2010 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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