A limited-edition single malt from the Clynelish distillery, released as part of the Rare Malts Selection. The whisky was distilled in 1974 and matured for 23 years. It was bottled in May 1998 at a cask strength of 59.1%. 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 60s, 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 Highland distillery Clynelish was founded in 1967. It was built next to the old Clynelish distillery, which it was meant to replace. The old Clynelish distillery (also known as Clynelish B) was renamed Brora and continued to operate in tandem with the new Clynelish distillery until it inevitably closed in 1983. The old Brora buildings are now used by Clynelish as a visitor center and warehouse. About 95% of Clynelish’s spirit is used in Johnnie Walker’s blends.