The Port Ellen distillery on Islay is to be brought back into production after 30 years © PA

Two Scottish whisky distilleries will reopen after more than three decades after a £35m investment by Diageo.

Port Ellen, on the western island of Islay, and Brora, in far northern Sutherland, were closed in 1983 but their whiskies have become highly prized.

A bottle of 1974 Brora, for example, is listed for sale at £2,750 on the Whisky Exchange website.

Diageo, the international drinks group, said it would “replicate as closely as possible” the flavour of the “medium peated” whiskies previously produced at the sites. 

The single malt boom has prompted a wave of construction of small distilleries across Scotland in recent years, some adopting historic names or locations to help establish their brands. Exports of Scottish single malts increased nearly 12 per cent in 2016 to exceed £1bn for the first time. 

Afficionados of the two brands have in the past called for them to be revived. Before Tuesday’s announcement, the Whisky Exchange had lamented Diageo’s refusal to heed the “persistent clamour by malt fans” for Brora to reopen. 

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