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 distillery was built in 1819 , adjacent to the new Clynelish. The original Clynelish closed in the year 1968 as the new Clynelish distillery had been built in 1967. They ran side by side as Clynelish A and Clynelish B, shortly after closing the original site due to not being able to keep both running financially. The original distillery was reopened in May 1969 and until July 1983 and renamed Brora Distillery, producing a heavily peated whisky to supply for blending; this was done to cover a shortage of Islay whisky caused by a drought on the island (while taking the Manager's Tour of the distillery in September 2015, I was told that this was due to the Caol Ila distillery being re-built from scratch, and therefore to compensate the lack of Caol Ila for blending during a couple of years).Brora whisky is now 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