Brora distillery

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Region: Highland
LocationBrora, Scotland
Water sourceClynemilton Burn
No. of stills1 wash, 1 spirit (13,500 L each)[1]

The Brora distillery is a producer of single malt Scotch whisky that operated between 1819 and 1983 and from 2021 onwards.[2]


The Brora distillery was built in 1819 by the Marquess of Stafford, although it was known as "Clynelish" until the opening of the Clynelish Distillery in 1968, whereupon the name of the original Clynelish was changed to "Brora". Between May 1969 and July 1973, Brora produced a heavily peated whisky to supply for blending; this was done to cover a shortage of Islay whisky caused by a drought in that region. Most of the whisky produced as Brora after 1973 is in the lightly peated Highland style.[citation needed]

In early 1983, production at Brora was stopped and the distillery was mothballed.[citation needed]

The release of the 1972 Brora 40 year old in 2014 was the most expensive single malt ever released by Diageo at the time, with a retail price of £7,000.[3]

On 9 October 2017 Diageo announced that it will re-open the Brora distillery with production resuming in 2020. On 19 May 2021 it was announced the reopening was complete and the first new cask of spirit had been filled.[2]


  1. ^ Brora on
  2. ^ a b "Brora Distillery reopened and first cask filled". Retrieved 19 May 2021.
  3. ^ Kiely, Melita. "Brora 40 YO is Diageo's most expensive whisky ever". Union Press Ltd. The Spirits Business. Retrieved 20 June 2014.

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Coordinates: 58°01′30″N 3°52′05″W / 58.02500°N 3.86806°W / 58.02500; -3.86806