Clynelish & Brora Distillery

Submitted by Owen McCafferty on Thu, 2009-11-26

You must visit the Clynelish distillery when you are in Brora! See how Clynelish Malt is made, try some when you receive your complimentary dram! On the northern outskirts of the village of Brora, you will find two distilleries sitting side by side. In 1967 a new distillery was built, also named Clynelish. The original, renamed Brora, was closed down in the 1980s. On arriving you are confronted by the modern Clynelish Distillery however your eye is drawn to the old Victorian buildings – Brora Distillery. Clynelish is at the fishing and golfing resort of Brora.

The barley that makes Clynelish™ is still malted in the Northern Highlands and water is still piped down from the Clynemilton Burn to the distillery. They go to make a cool, coastal single malt whisky, aged in oak casks for at least fourteen years. Medium-peated malt is used.

Clynelish distillery was built in 1819 by the 1st Duke of Sutherland at a cost of £750. Located on the A9 in the popular holiday town of Brora with commanding views of the North Sea. Spring water from the Clynemilton burn is used to produce this fruity, slightly smoky Single Malt Scotch Whisky. By the end of the century the demand for its whisky is such that no trade orders are accepted. Now Clynelish provides the malt whisky at the heart of the Johnnie Walker Gold Label blend.

Today, CLYNELISH DISTILLERY produces a single malt Scotch whisky from six traditional copper stills and is used extensively for blending. Clynelish 14-year-old Highland single malt Scotch whisky is also available at the distillery and selected outlets in bottles which feature the distillery symbol, a wildcat.

And just in case you’re interested in trivialities, here are five more:

  1. In 1529 the first (and only) coal mine in the Highlands was opened in Brora.
  2. Brora isn’t just the name of the harbour town, it’s also the name of a nearby river.
  3. Rumour has it that this river Brora is one of the very best spots for salmon fishing in Scotland.
  4. Compared to the Brora malts Clynelish seems light in style, but in fact medium peated malt is used.
  5. Some people pronounce the name of the distillery as klein-LISH or klein-E-lish instead of KLEIN-lish.

On occasion when the distillery is not in production, visitors are still welcome and tours are provided. There is an adult charge, which includes a discount voucher, redeemable at the distillery towards the purchase of a 70cl bottle of malt whisky. Children under 8 years are welcome but not encouraged to take the tour.

The distillery is open all year, see below:

March to October
Monday to Friday – 9.30am to 4.30pm

November to February
Tuesday to Thursday – 9.30am to 4.00pm (last tour at 3.30pm or by appointment)

Contact: Clynelish Distillery, Tel: +44 (0) 1408 623000 Fax: +44 (0) 1408 623004

Email: clyn…@diageo.com

Recommended reading:
http://whisky.com/brands/clynelish_brand.html
http://www.maltmaniacs.org/ADHD/clynelish.html
http://www.discovering-distilleries.com/clynelish

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