Clynelish is a Highlands distillery located in the village of Brora in Sutherland county. The original distillery was built in 1819 and closed in 1967 as the new Clynelish distillery had been built literally a stone's throw away. Interestingly, the original distillery was reopened as Brora distillery to produce a heavily peated whisky between 1969 and 1973 to cover the shortage of Islay whisky caused by a drought on the island. Thereafter, Brora distillery produced a more lightly peated spirit until it was mothballed in 1983. Brora whisky is now one of the rarest and most desired whiskies in the world, costing upwards of GBP1000 a bottle. In the meantime, the bulk of the whiskies from the "new" Clynelish is used in blends (e.g., Johnnie Walker Gold Label), although a regular 14 Year Old bottling is also offered.
The Diageo Special Releases 2016 bottling of Brora whisky balances fruit, smoke and a softly farmyard-tinged character. Distilled 1977. Bottle 369 / 2984.
Size: 70 cl
Fill level: Good
With box?: Yes