In 1819 the Clynelish Brora Distillery was established by George Granville and Leveson-Gower, the distillery was initially intended to take some proportion of local whisky supply away from the smugglers.
In 1896, James Ainslie & Heilbron, a Glasgow-based blending company, acquired the distillery and rebuilt it.
Brora still retains the floor malting's and kiln that were then installed.
‘Old’ Clynelish was reopened by Diageo as Brora and starts using a very peaty malt over the next couple of years, then in May of 1983,Clynelish Brora Distillery closed, the buildings that made up the distillery are now used by the new Clynelish distillery as a visitor centre and warehouse.
Clynelish remains active with a large capacity of 4.2m litres per annum, in October 2017 Diageo said it was going to revive the closed Brora Distillery, the new Clynelish Brora Distillery is due for completion in 2020.
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