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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
$1,006.96

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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$47.13
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Clynelish 1997 - The Managers' Choice

70cl, 58.5%

1997 vintage Clynelish single malt, bottled as part of The Managers' Choice range in 2009 at cask strength. A collectible bottling, and charmingly features a small, shout-y cat on the label. This…  More info

Clynelish 1997 - The Managers' Choice

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 1995 - Cask Strength (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 59.1%

A cask strength Clynelish, bottled by Gordon and MacPhail. This was matured in refill sherry casks and the bottlers describe it as being "Fresh with classic Highland style".  More info

Clynelish 1995 - Cask Strength (Gordon and MacPhail)

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 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 16 Year Old 1992 - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

70cl, 46%

From Signatory's Unchillfiltered range, this was distilled at Clynelish on the 18th December 1992 and bottled on the 9th December 2009. This is from two hogsheads, numbers 17260 and 17261. A release…  More info

Clynelish 16 Year Old 1992 - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

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 19 Year Old 1990 (Signatory)

70cl, 43%

A 19 year old Clynelish, bottled by Signatory on the 16th June 2009. Matured in sherry butt number 3950, part of an outturn of 754 bottles.  More info

Clynelish 19 Year Old 1990 (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 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 17 Year Old 1992 - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

70cl, 46%

This was distilled on the 18th December 1992 and aged for 17 years in hogsheads numbers 12763 and 12765 before bottling on the 13th October 2010 by Signatory. A release of 797 bottles of Clynelish.  More info

Clynelish 17 Year Old 1992 - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

Clynelish 1993 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)

70cl, 43%

Bottled in 2006, this Connoisseur's Choice bottling of Clynelish was distilled in 1993 and bottled by Gordon and MacPhail. Matured in refill sherry casks.  More info

Clynelish 1993 - Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail)
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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 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 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 14 Year Old 1995 (Murray McDavid)

70cl, 46%

Bourbon matured and finished in first growth Paulliac wine casks from Chateau Latour, this is no ordinary Clynelish. Bottled at Bruichladdich, a release of 2,100 bottles.  More info

Clynelish 14 Year Old 1995 (Murray McDavid)

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 1997 - Cask Strength (Gordon & MacPhail)

70cl, 59.7%

A full-bodied, smoky dram from the Northern Highland distillery, Clynelish. This single malt was distilled in 1997 and bottled at cask strength.  More info

Clynelish 1997 - Cask Strength (Gordon & MacPhail)

Clynelish 1992 (bottled 2007) Oloroso Sherry - Distillers Edition

70cl, 46%

A 1992 vintage from Clynelish, this single malt was finished in a seco Oloroso cask before bottling in 2007. The sherry notes have developed with spice and there is a lovely rum-like character.  More info

Clynelish 1992 (bottled 2007) Oloroso Sherry - Distillers Edition
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Clynelish 1997 (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

70cl, 56.3%

A cask strength Clynelish distilled in 1997. This was bottled by top London wine merchants, Berry Brothers and Rudd.  More info

Clynelish 1997 (Berry Bros. & Rudd)

Clynelish 15 Year Old 1995 Cask 12798 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

70cl, 56.6%

An intense Clynelish, aged for 15 years in a single sherry butt, distilled in December 1995 and bottled by Signatory in 2011. A release of 629 bottles.  More info

Clynelish 15 Year Old 1995 Cask 12798 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory)

Clynelish 14 Year Old 1997 (Adelphi)

70cl, 57.2%

A wonderful 14 year old Clynelish, distilled in 1997 and bottled at natural cask strength by Adelphi...  More info

Clynelish 14 Year Old 1997 (Adelphi)

Clynelish 23 Year Old 1988 - Rare Auld (Duncan Taylor)

70cl, 50.5%

A beautiful 23 year old Clynelish distilled in October 1988 and aged in cask 4543 before bottling in October 2011 by Duncan Taylor. A release of 277 bottles.  More info

Clynelish 23 Year Old 1988 - Rare Auld (Duncan Taylor)

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