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Royal Brackla Distillery

Brackla Distillery is located at Nairn, Scotland. The distillery is operated by Dewar’s for Bacardi.


The distillery was built in 1812 by William Fraser on the estate of Cawdor Castle, the scene of the death of King Duncan in William Shakespeare’s Macbeth. In 1835, Royal Brackla became the first whisky to receive the Royal Warrant, by order of King William IV of the United Kingdom. The distillery was expanded in 1970, closed in 1985, and reopened in 1991.

Methods of production

Brackla has a mash tun (11.5t) and six wash backs with an added volume of 360,000 l. The distillery uses 4 stills to produce its whisky, two wash stills with together 44,000 l and two spirit stills with an overall volume of 42,000 l. The water comes from Cawdor Burn.

About the distillery

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