The Brora distillery was a producer of single malt Scotch whisky that operated between 1819 and 1983 in Speyside, Scotland. Pronounced ‘Broar-err’, the name derives from the Old Norse ‘Bru’r aa’ which means ‘the Bridges River’. Mothballed in 1983, this super rare whisky has a melancholy past. Formerly known as ‘Clynelish’, the distillery was a casualty of its own success when a new distillery was built alongside it to increase capacity just a few years before the collapse of the local economy. The newly built distillery took over the name and the old distillery was renamed Brora eventually closing in 1983.
In the short period from about 1972 until it closed in 1983, Brora produced some of the world’s most sought after single malt whiskies. They were highly peated expressions aged for more than 20 years which took the whisky world by storm when released in 1995. Today, if they can be found at all, earlier Brora releases command high prices and are said to be as rare (if not rarer) than the Port Ellen expressions of days gone by.
In early October 2017, Diageo who owns Brora announced that they will be reopening the Distillery in a £35m investment with production scheduled to start again in 2020. The company said the distillery would produce the spirit ‘in carefully controlled quantities, replicating where possible the distillation regimes and spirit character of the original distillery’.
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