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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 Whisky Distillery

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About Clynelish Whisky Distillery

Distillery Number

01408 623000

Distillery Founded

1967

Distillery Capacity

4 200 000 litres

Distillery Status

Active

Distillery Address

Brora, Sutherland

Distillery Owner

Diageo

Distillery Website

www.malts.com

1819

The 1st Duke of Sutherland, founds a distillery called Clynelish Distillery.

1827

The first licensed distiller, James Harper, files for bankruptcy and John Matheson takes over.

1834

Andrew Ross takes over the license.

1846

George Lawson & Sons takes over.

1896

James Ainslie & Heilbron takes over.

1912

James Ainslie & Co. narrowly escapes bankruptcy and Distillers Company Limited (DCL) takes over together with James Risk.

1916

John Walker & Sons buys a stake of James Risk’s stocks.

1925

DCL buys out Risk.

1931

The distillery is mothballed.

1939

Production restarts.

1960

The distillery becomes electrified.

1967

A new distillery is built adjacent to the first one, it is also named Clynelish and both operate in parallel from August.

1968

‘Old’ Clynelish is mothballed in August.

1969

‘Old’ Clynelish is reopened as Brora and starts using a very peaty malt.

1983

Brora is closed in March.

2002

A 14 year old is released.

2006

A Distiller´s Edition 1991 finished in Oloroso casks is released.

Reproduced from the Malt Whisky Yearbook 2009 with the kind permission of Mr Ingvar Ronde

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A wonderful 14 year old Clynelish, distilled in 1997 and bottled at natural cask strength by Adelphi...  More info
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A 14 year old Clynelish, distilled on the 18th April 1997 and aged in two hogsheads before bottling by Signatory for their Un-Chillfiltered Collection on the 17th January 2012. A release of 783...  More info
$55.90
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
An Old Malt Cask bottling of 16 year old Clynelish single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a single refill hogshead. It was distilled by the Highland distillery in May 1997 and aged for 16 years until...  More info
$117.73
This is a twenty-three year old Clynelish bottled by independent bottler Duncan Taylor for their Dimensions range.

Clynelish is distilled in the town of Brora where the famous Brora whisky was...  More info
$134.76
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
Distilled on the 18th December 1992 at Clynelish, this was aged in two hogsheads before bottling on the 18th May 2011. A release of 771 bottles from Signatory.  More info
$57.34
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
A 23 year old cask strength bottling from the Rare Malts range of limited cask strength single malts. Distilled in 1974, this is a smoky, peppery dram from the Clynelish distillery.  More info
This sixteen year old Clynelish has been bottled by Douglas Laing for their Old Malt Cask range. This Clynelish has been bottled without chill filtration or colouring.  More info
$100.26
This Clynelish was bottled by Berry Brother and Rudd for the Boisdale chain of Scottish restaurants and jazz bars.  More info
$76.72
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
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
$52.15
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
$89.17
Berry Bros. & Rudd bring us yet another fabulous single cask release, this one a 14 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Highlands distillery, Clynelish, bottled in 2012  More info
$81.52
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
A single cask, cask-strength 23 year old Clynelish distilled in 1988 and bottled for Duncan Taylor's Octave cask range.  More info
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$148.56
A deep, tawny-coloured Clynelish, distilled in May 1990 and aged for 21 years in cask 3229 before bottling in 2012 by Duncan Taylor for their Dimensions range. A release of 161 numbered bottles.  More info
$129.33
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
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
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 hails from the town of Brora, a town famous for its rare namesake whisky Brora which was originally called Clynelish before the new distillery was built - very confusing indeed!  More info
$55.90
A Clynelish from two single casks (2460 and 2461) yielding 821 bottles.  More info
$52.15
An independent bottling by the talented folks at Signatory of brilliant 14 year old Clynelish single malt Scotch whisky from the Scottish Highlands, taken from casks 7761 & 7762.  More info
$52.15
This thirteen year old Clynelish, from the East coast of Scotland, was bottled by The Coopers Choice in 2011.  More info
$70.93
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