Diageo restarts distillery at Brora after 38 years

A multimillion-pound project to restore one of Scotland’s long-closed whisky distilleries has been completed as production restarted at Brora.

The Sutherland site fell silent in 1983 with the bottles from there now highly sought after by enthusiasts who will typically pay more than £1,000 for one.

The distillery was established by the Duke of Sutherland in 1819 and was originally called Clynelish.

In 1967 a new Clynelish distillery was built on an adjacent site and the older one was renamed Brora.

Diageo, the spirits giant, started the restoration at Brora three years ago as part of a £35 million investment which will also see Port Ellen, on Islay, being brought back into operation in 2023.

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