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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 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

Clynelish 14 Year Old
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$38.61

Clynelish 15 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 49.3%

That Boutique-y Whisky Company's third batch of Clynelish single malt and those cats from the interweb are still discussing whisky labels, siblings and cheezburgers! We like the addition of a candle…  More info

Clynelish 15 Year Old (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
$71.02

Clynelish 1993 - Rare Select (Montgomerie's)

70cl, 46%

Independent bottlings of Clynelish remain popular for the simple reason that they taste amazing. If you like fruity whiskies with a little salt and smoke, this could be your thing.  More info

Clynelish 1993 - Rare Select (Montgomerie's)
$85.20

Clynelish 1997 (bottled 2011) Oloroso Sherry Cask Finish - Distillers Edition

70cl, 46%

This is one of the wonderful array of Distillers Editions from Diageo, with this one specifically coming from the well-loved Clynelish distillery up in the Highlands. It was distilled in 1997 and…  More info

Clynelish 1997 (bottled 2011) Oloroso Sherry Cask Finish - Distillers Edition
$68.76

Clynelish 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 8684) - Artist #5 (La Maison du Whisky)

70cl, 54.2%

A 20 year old Clynelish, distilled in 1995 and bottled for Maison du Whisky by Signatory in 2015 as part of the Artist Collection #5.  More info

Clynelish 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 8684) - Artist #5 (La Maison du Whisky)
$156.02

Clynelish 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 8691) - Ibisco Decanter (Signatory)

70cl, 43%

20 year old Clynelish, drawn from a single cask that was laid down in September 1995 and cracked open in August 2016. This was independently bottled by Signatory and treated very well indeed - just…  More info

Clynelish 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 8691) - Ibisco Decanter (Signatory)
$99.77

Clynelish Select Reserve (2014 Special Release)

70cl, 54.9%

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

Clynelish Select Reserve (2014 Special Release)
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$525.09

Clynelish Select Reserve (Special Release 2015)

70cl, 56.1%

The second Select Reserve from Diageo's Special Releases, Jim Beveridge has again been busy hand-selecting Clynelish casks. Yep, we're all jealous of him too! Liquid was chosen from ex-bourbon…  More info

Clynelish Select Reserve (Special Release 2015)
$583.43

Apple Basket 1997 - Wemyss Malts (Clynelish)

70cl, 46%

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

Apple Basket 1997 - Wemyss Malts (Clynelish)
$78.92

Bench With A Sea View 1997 - Wemyss (Clynelish)

70cl, 46%

One of a pair of 1997 vintage Clynelish single malts bottled in 2014 by Wemyss. This one was matured in a hogshead until 2013 and had an outturn of 371 bottles, then given the title Bench With A Sea…  More info

Bench With A Sea View 1997 - Wemyss (Clynelish)
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$70.78

Cayenne Cocoa Bean 1997 - Wemyss Malts (Clynelish)

70cl, 46%

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

Cayenne Cocoa Bean 1997 - Wemyss Malts (Clynelish)
$71.95

Clynelish - Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

50cl, 48.6%

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

Clynelish - Batch 1 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)

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

50cl, 50.6%

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

Clynelish - Batch 2 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
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Clynelish 10 Year Old 1996 - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%

Distilled at the Clynelish distillery in Autumn of 1996, this was matured in two refill hogsheads (numbers 3116 and 3117) for 10 years before bottling for the Provenance range in 2006.  More info

Clynelish 10 Year Old 1996 - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

Clynelish 11 Year Old 1996 - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%

A Douglas Laing bottled Clynelish distilled in Autumn 1996 and aged for 11 years in two refill hogsheads (casks 4187 and 4188) before bottling in Spring 2007.  More info

Clynelish 11 Year Old 1996 - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

Clynelish 11 Year Old 1997 (Signatory)

70cl, 43%

A release of 425 bottles of vintage Clynelish, distilled on the 11th February 1997, matured in hogshead 1617 for 11 years before bottling on the 9th December 2008 by Signatory.  More info

Clynelish 11 Year Old 1997 (Signatory)

Clynelish 12 Year Old

70cl, 46%

From the 'Friends of the Classic Malts' series. Classic distillery character for a superb price.  More info

Clynelish 12 Year Old

Clynelish 12 Year Old - Fascadale (Batch 6) (Adelphi)

70cl, 46%

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

Clynelish 12 Year Old - Fascadale (Batch 6)  (Adelphi)
$57.13

Clynelish 12 Year Old 1997 (cask 5609) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%

A 12 year old single cask Clynelish, matured in refill hogshead 5609 before bottling by Douglas Laing. Distilled in Autumn 1997 and bottled in Autumn 2009.  More info

Clynelish 12 Year Old 1997 (cask 5609) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

Clynelish 12 Year Old 1997 (Murray McDavid)

70cl, 46%

A stunning Clynelish, distilled in 1997. This was originally aged in bourbon then finished in premier cru Médoc from Château Lafite. In 2008, it was bottled at the Bruichladdich distillery, and…  More info

Clynelish 12 Year Old 1997 (Murray McDavid)

Clynelish 12 Year Old 1998 (cask 6057) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%

This was distilled in the Spring of 1998 at the Clynelish distillery. It was aged for 12 years in refill hogshead number 6057 before bottling for the Douglas Laing Provenance range in Spring of 2010.  More info

Clynelish 12 Year Old 1998 (cask 6057) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

Clynelish 12 Year Old 1998 (Signatory)

70cl, 43%

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

Clynelish 12 Year Old 1998 (Signatory)
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Clynelish 13 Year Old 1998 (Signatory)

70cl, 43%

A 13 year old Clynelish distilled on the 27th May 1998 and aged in two hogsheads before bottling by Signatory on the 8th December 2011. A release of 824 numbered bottles.  More info

Clynelish 13  Year Old 1998 (Signatory)

Clynelish 13 Year Old 1995 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 58.2%

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

Clynelish 13 Year Old 1995 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Clynelish 13 Year Old 1997 (Murray McDavid)

70cl, 46%

This 13 year old Clynelish from Murray McDavid was aged in bourbon casks, and finished in first growth Paulliac wine casks from Chateau Lafite. Bottled at Bruichladdich and a limited release of just…  More info

Clynelish 13 Year Old 1997 (Murray McDavid)

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