Clynelish distillery

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Clynelish Distillery
A view of the rear of Diageo's Clynelish Distillery near Brora
A view of the rear of Diageo's Clynelish Distillery near Brora
Region: Highland
LocationBrora, Sutherland
Water sourceClynelish burn
No. of stillsThree wash, three spirit
Capacity4,800,000 litres
Clynelish 14 year old
TypeSingle malt
Age(s)14 Years
Clynelish 1992 Distillers Edition
TypeSingle malt
Age(s)15 years
Clynelish Distillery Only Bottling
TypeSingle malt

Clynelish Distillery is a distillery near Brora, Sutherland in the Highlands of Scotland.

A bottle of 14 year old Clynelish

The original Clynelish distillery was built in 1819, adjacent to the present operational Clynelish distillery which was built in 1967. The original distillery briefly ran side-by-side with the new one (Clynelish A and Clynelish B) but for financial reasons closed in 1968. However, the original distillery was reopened in May 1969 and ran until July 1983. During this time it was renamed Brora. It produced a heavily peated whisky to supply for blending; this was done to cover a shortage of Islay whisky available for blends, reportedly caused by the rebuilding of the Caol Ila distillery (reported during the Manager's Tour of the distillery in September 2015). Following closure in 1983, Brora whisky has become one of the most rare and desired whiskies in the world, costing around one thousand pounds a bottle.

Clynelish has had a strong connection with Johnnie Walker blended whisky for many years. Around 95% of the spirit is used in Johnnie Walker, Most commonly found in the Gold Label Reserve


  • Jackson, Michael, (2004). The Malt Whisky Companion, Penguin Books 2004 ISBN 9781405302340

Coordinates: 58°01′28.5″N 03°52′05.5″W / 58.024583°N 3.868194°W / 58.024583; -3.868194