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A cult malt with a sad story to tell. Originally known as Clynelish, this distillery became a victim of its own success when a new distillery was built alongside it to increase capacity only a few years before the slump of the late Seventies and early Eighties. The new distillery took over the name, and the old distillery was renamed and limped on until being mothballed in 1983.
The persistent clamour by malt fans to have Brora re-opened got louder each year as more new and fantastic expressions were released by parent company Diageo and various independent bottlers.
In October 2017 Diageo revealed plans to reopen both Brora and Port Ellen distilleries, which also closed in 1983. Subject to planning permission, the two sites are expected to be operational once more by 2020.