A limited-edition single malt from the closed Brora distillery, released as part of the Rare Malts Selection range. The whisky was distilled in 1977 and matured for 21 years. It was bottled in October 1998 at a cask strength of 56.9%. The Rare Malts Selection is a large range of single malt bottlings from lesser-known and silent distilleries. It was created in 1995 by United Distillers (later Diageo) and ran until 2005. The whiskies in the series were all distilled in the late 1960s, 70s or early 80s and aged for at least 18 years. Because of its extensive selection of rare bottles, the range is extremely popular among collectors. The success of the Rare Malts Selection eventually led to the creation of Diageo’s annual Special Releases in 2001. The now silent Highland distillery Brora was founded in 1819 by the Marquis of Stafford as the Clynelish Distillery. The distillery was known as Clynelish for most of its existence, until the new Clynelish Distillery opened in 1968. Only then did the distillery become known as Brora. The distillery was powered by locally-mined coal until 1960, when it switched to electricity. Brora was mothballed in March 1983. Diageo announced in 2017 that they would be reopening two of their closed distilleries: Port Ellen and Brora. Brora restarted production in 2020, using the distillery’s original copper stills.