Built in 1819 by the Marquise of Stafford, Brora distillery (whose name derives from the small Scottish town where it resides) is known for its peated whiskies, similar to the style of the Island of Islay.
Following an unexpected drought on the Isle of Islay in the summer of 1969, a shortage of peated whisky slowed the production of blended whiskies for a number of distilleries. So Brora decided to supply those distilleries with their whisky, whose production costs were lower than those of the Islay distilleries.
In the 1980s, however, overproduction led to the permanent closure of about thirty Scottish distilleries, including Brora. In 2014 the sale of unsold bottles was approved, which offered a unique opportunity to preserve a rare testimony of one of the legendary "lost distilleries".