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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 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

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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
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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 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 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 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 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 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 (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 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 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 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 15 Year Old 1997 (casks 12367+12368) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

70cl, 46%

A combination of two casks of Clynelish (12367 and 12368). Bottled by Signatory.  More info

Clynelish 15 Year Old 1997 (casks 12367+12368) - Un-Chillfiltered (Signatory)

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