Distillery Profile: Brora / Old Clynelish

Distilleries

24.07.2019

A brief history and some notable bottles from this iconic Highland distillery.

A brief history and some notable bottles from this iconic Highland distillery.

A brief history and some notable bottles from this iconic Highland distillery.

Brora [bro-rah]

Owner: Diageo
Founded: 1819
Status: Closed (Due to reopen in 2020)
Region: Highland
Capacity: 800,000 litres

The original Clynelish distillery was founded in 1819 and other than a brief mothballed period in the 1930s, had functioned, growing in size and reputation, for close to a century and a half when owners DCL decided to build a new modern distillery on the same site. This new distillery was to take the name Clynelish forward, leaving the original distillery to be renamed Brora.

From 1969 until its closure in 1983, Brora produced heavily peated malt. However, the distillery’s legacy has continued long after its closure, with regular releases appearing on the market under both the Rare Malts and Special Releases series. Today the distillery has gained a cult following of whisky aficionados dedicated to both Brora and old Clynelish bottlings, which are considered to be of distinctive character and exceptional quality. In 2017 Diageo announced that Brora would reopen and begin production again in 2020. 

Notable bottles

  • Clynelish 1965 Sestante 24 Year Old ‘Brick Label’

  • Brora 1972 Rare Malt 22 Year Old

  • Brora 1972 Cask Strength 40 Year Old

  • Brora 1978 SMWS 18 Year Old 61.4 

Laura MacLaren
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