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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
32
$38.61

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 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 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 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 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

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 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 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 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 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 7 Year Old 2008 (cask 10771) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%

Single malt Scotch whisky from the Clynelish distillery, matured in a single refill barrel from summer 2008 to summer 2015. It was then bottled for the season-obsessed Provenance bottling range by…  More info

Clynelish 7 Year Old 2008 (cask 10771) - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

Clynelish 14 Year Old 1998 (casks 7761+7762) (Signatory)

70cl, 43%

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

Clynelish 14 Year Old 1998 (casks 7761+7762) (Signatory)

Clynelish 14 Year Old 1998 (casks 2460+2461) (Signatory)

70cl, 43%

A Clynelish from two single casks (2460 and 2461) yielding 821 bottles.  More info

Clynelish 14 Year Old 1998 (casks 2460+2461) (Signatory)

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 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 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 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 15 Year Old 1997 - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

70cl, 46%

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

Clynelish 15 Year Old 1997 - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

Clynelish 14 Year Old 1997 - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

70cl, 46%

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

Clynelish 14 Year Old 1997 - Un-Chillfiltered (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 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)

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