The Clynelish distillery is located in Sutherland and was first built in 1819. When whisky was first produced from the Clynelish distillery it was so prized that only private customers were supplied. Now there is no Clynelish distillery, there was until 1968 but it was super seeded by the old Scottish Malt Distillers Company and they called it the Brora Distillery until 1983.
The barley that makes Clynelish is still malted in the Northern highlands and water is still piped down from the Clynemilton burn to the distillery. They go to make a cool, costal single malt whiksy, aged in oak casks for at least fourteen years.
Over the years, Clynelish has been held in high regard by experts. The taste of the 14yo is regarded highly and less peaty than some older editions. It has a crisp, medium bodied, mustard fresh style. Although the forward, pungent smokiness of Islay seems to be absent at first but there are notable traces of it. It is light on the palate with a clean taste, some even use it as an aperitif. It is the most coastal tasting mainland whisky from Clynelish.