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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 35 Year Old 1977 (2013 Special Release)

70cl, 49.9%

STRICTLY 1 PER CUSTOMER Distilled in 1977, this extraordinary 35 year old Brora from Diageo's Special Releases was matured in American and European oak casks. It's the twelfth annual release of…  More info

Brora 35 Year Old 1977 (2013 Special Release)
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Brora 1982 (bottled 1999) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 40%

A vintage Gordon & MacPhail of Brora single malt Scotch whisky. It was distilled in 1982, a year before the distillery was mothballed. It was bottled as part of the Connoisseurs Choice in 1999.…  More info

Brora 1982 (bottled 1999) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

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)

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 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

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 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 1982 (bottled 2010) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 43%

A rare and rather exciting bottling of single malt from the Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseurs Choice collection. This is an independently bottled Scotch from Brora which was distilled back in 1982 and…  More info

Brora 1982 (bottled 2010) - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)

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