Clynelish Distillery

  • Region: Highlands, Scotland. KW9 6LR
  • Founded: 1967
  • Status: Active
  • Owner: Diageo
  • Water source: Clynemilton burn
  • Mash tun: Cast Iron to be replaced by Stainless steel
  • Washbacks: 8x wooden 2x Stainless steel
  • Stills: 3x Wash, 3x Spirit
  • Capacity: 4.8 million litres per annum


The distillery was built in 1968, adjacent to the original Clynelish distillery which was closed. Confusingly the original distillery was reopened in May 1969 and until July 1973 produced 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. The old distillery was renamed Brora Distillery and production of a peated spirit continued up until 1983.

Clynelish has had a strong connection with Johnnie Walker blended whisky for many years. A large proportion of the spirit used in Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve comes from this distillery.

Clynelish Whisky Reviews:

Official Bottling

Independent Bottling


Scotch Malt Whisky Society