Brora 1981 23 Year Old First Cask

Brora 1981 23 Year Old First Cask
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Brora 1981 23 Year Old First CaskBrora 1981 23 Year Old First CaskBrora 1981 23 Year Old First Cask
Winning bid: £460.00
Lot number: 080-1640

Built in 1819 and originally named Clynelish, Brora is one of Scotland's Highland Clearance Distilleries. Built by the Duke of Sutherland as part of his new business enterprise, which brutally evicted some 15000 farmers from their homes as part of a cruel economic experiment that was happening all over the Highlands.

Despite this somewhat inauspicious birth, the distillery eventually found its feet, and by 1930 was owned by John Walker and DCL. With the demand for blends skyrocketing after World War 2, production was at an all time high; and in 1967 the decision was taken to replace it with a newer, larger distillery next door (which for the time being was known as Clynelish 2).

This wasn't the end for the distillery though. After just a year of silence, production resumed at the old site making peated whisky to cover a shortfall during Caol Ila's reconstruction, and in 1975 it was officially named Brora (because frankly having two distilleries with the same name was just stupid). Sadly it didn't last, and in 1983 the distillery finally closed. Casks still remain slumbering in their warehouses, and are drip fed to the market in the form of Diageo's Special Releases and the occasional indy bottling.

Released by Direct Wines Ltd as a part of the First Cask Malt Whisky Circle bottlings

Distilled: 08.12.1981

Bottled: 23 years old

Age: 23 years old

Cask Number: 1558

46% ABV / 70cl

Bottle Number: 164

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Featured in: The 80th Auction (November 24 – December 3, 2017)