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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.

In 2002, Clynelish finally released an official bottling, the 14 Year Old, after being used mostly as a 'volume' malt whisky for blending. Additionally, 2010 saw a 12 year old expression of Clynelish released for the ‘Friends of the Classic Malts’ range.

Diageo announced a £30m expansion of Clynelish in 2014, but the plan was postponed. However, a year-long refurbishment was finally completed in June 2017, during which time the distillery was out of action. It now boasts 10 washbacks and three pairs of stills in the new still room, producing 4.8 million litres of alcohol per week.

Clynelish 12 Year Old Ainslie & Heilbron 1980s

75cl, 40%

A rare 12-year-old single malt Scotch whisky from Clynelish bottled by Ainslie & Heilbron. Featuring a charming retro label with plenty of early 80s energy, this is one collectible…  More info

Clynelish 12 Year Old Ainslie & Heilbron 1980s
$1,003.65

Clynelish 14 Year Old

70cl, 46%

A coastal and peaty single malt, the flagship expression from Clynelish boasts a fabulous flavour profile filled with its distinctive waxy notes. Clynelish is the successor to Brora which closed in…  More info

Clynelish 14 Year Old
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$46.97
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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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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)

Chewy Pineapple Crisps 1997 (bottled 2018) - Wemyss Malts (Clynelish)

70cl, 46%

An indie bottling of single malt from the Clynelish distillery, drawn from a single hogshead cask which matured the whisky from 1997 to 2018. After maturation, it was bottled by Wemyss Malts and…  More info

Chewy Pineapple Crisps 1997 (bottled 2018) - Wemyss Malts (Clynelish)

Clynelish 10 Year Old 1990 - Signatory 2000

70cl, 43%

A small batch Signatory 2000 bottling of Clynelish, distilled on 30th January 1990 and bottled on the 16th October 2000, after maturing for 10 years in bourbon casks. This is a limited release of…  More info

Clynelish 10 Year Old 1990 - Signatory 2000

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 10 Year Old 2008 (cask 800122) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 46%

Single cask 10 year old Clynelish, independently bottled by Signatory for the Un-Chillfiltered Collection. This was distilled back on 1st March 2008 and set aside to mature in a hogshead cask until…  More info

Clynelish 10 Year Old 2008 (cask 800122) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)

Clynelish 10 Year Old 2008 (cask 800128 & 800129) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 46%

A 10 year old Clynelish, independently bottled for the Un-Chillfiltered Collection by Signatory. This was distilled in March 2008 and left to age in a pair of bourbon barrels until August 2018, when…  More info

Clynelish 10 Year Old 2008 (cask 800128 & 800129) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)

Clynelish 10 Year Old 2008 (casks 800145 & 800161) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 46%

A 10 year old Clynelish single malt bottled by Signatory for the Un-Chillfiltered Collection. It was distilled in June 2008 and left to age in a pair of bourbon barrels until March 2019, then bottled…  More info

Clynelish 10 Year Old 2008 (casks 800145 & 800161) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)

Clynelish 10 Year Old 2008 (casks 800157 & 800158) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 46%

Distilled at Clynelish on 6 June 2008, this single malt matured for a decade in a pair of bourbon barrels. When it reached the age of 10 years old, it was independently bottled on 25 March 2019 for…  More info

Clynelish 10 Year Old 2008 (casks 800157 & 800158) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)

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 11 Year Old 2008 (cask 800154) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 46%

Another wonderful Signatory bottling here, this single malt was distilled at Clynelish in June 2008. The Highlander spent over a decade in a single bourbon barrel, until it was bottled in February…  More info

Clynelish 11 Year Old 2008 (cask 800154) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)

Clynelish 11 Year Old 2008 (casks 800118 & 800134) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 46%

A brilliant indie Clynelish here, distilled in the Highlands in March 2008. The single malt was left to mature in a pair of bourbon barrels for just over a decade, and in February 2020 Signatory…  More info

Clynelish 11 Year Old 2008 (casks 800118 & 800134) - Un-Chillfiltered Collection (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 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 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)

Clynelish 13 Year Old 1990 (Bottled 2004) - Eilan Gillan

70cl, 46%

An old bottling of Clynelish, distilled in the Highlands June 1990 and left to mature in a single bourbon cask. When it was 13 years old, the whisky was drawn from the cask by Leopold Gourmel's Eilan…  More info

Clynelish 13 Year Old 1990 (Bottled 2004) - Eilan Gillan

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)

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)

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