The Whiskyphiles

Whiskyphile, noun [C] specialized / ˈwɪɪl / a disciplined devotion to whisky, first known use 2013.


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

Clynelish Whisky Reviews

Clynelish 10 Years Old 2003 – 26.96 ‘Le Trou Normand’ ~ 61.4% (SMWS)

Clynelish 14 Years Old 1998 Cask 2460 & 2461 ~ 43% (Signatory)

Clynelish 21 Years Old 1992 Small Batch ~ 51.6% (Wm Cadenhead)


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

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.

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