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Linkwood

The Linkwood distillery sits in Elgin, drawing its water from the springs of Millbuies Loch. Next to the distillery is a large and rather beautiful reservoir which plays host to a variety of local wildlife including ducks and swans, the latter can be seen gracing the label of the twelve year-old bottling. Linkwood is home to two stillhouses, Linkwood A, which is currently not in use, houses the two original stills and Linkwood B, in which a further four stills operate.

The distillery has a capacity of 2.24 million litres per annum and the majority of the whisky produced is used for blending, notably in Johnnie Walker. Thanks to Diageo there have been, of late, several single malt whiskies released from Linkwood. In 2008, three twenty-six year-olds were launched, notable for their 50cl bottles and having spent the last fourteen years of their maturation in either rum, red wine or port casks.

There have been quite a number of independent bottlings in recent times, joining a few special editions and the Flora and Fauna twelve year-old. The Linkwood distillery was founded in 1821 by Peter Brown and rebuilt fifty-one years later following William Brown’s inheritance of the distillery in 1968. Linkwood is currently under Diageo ownership following Scottish Malt Distillers takeover in 1933 and their subsequent amalgamation to form the drinks giant.

Linkwood Whisky Distillery

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About Linkwood Whisky Distillery

Distillery Number

01343 862000

Distillery Founded

1821

Distillery Capacity

2 240 000 litres

Distillery Status

Active

Distillery Owner

Diageo

Distillery Address

Elgin, Moray

Distillery Website

www.malts.com

1821

Peter Brown founds the distillery.

1825

Linkwood comes on stream.

1868

Peter Brown passes away and his son William inherits the distillery.

1872

William demolishes the distillery and builds a new one.

1874

The new distillery is inaugurated.

1897

Linkwood Glenlivet Distillery Company Ltd takes over operations.

1902

Innes Cameron, a whisky trader from Elgin, joins the Board and eventually becomes the major shareholder and Director.

1932

Innes Cameron dies and Scottish Malt Distillers takes over in 1933.

1962

Major refurbishment takes place.

1971

The two stills are increased by four. Technically, the four new stills belong to a new distillery sometimes referred to as Linkwood B.

1982

Distillers Company Limited (DCL) launches their series The Ascot Malt Cellar which includes Linkwood 12 years.

1985

Linkwood A (the two original stills) closes.

1990

Linkwood A is in production again for a few months each year.

2002

A 26 year old from 1975 is launched as a Rare Malt.

2005

A 30 year old from 1974 is launched as a Rare Malt.

2008

Three different wood finishes (all 26 year old) are released.

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This is a fourteen year Linkwood bottled at 46%abv for Duncan Taylor's Dimensions 46 range.  More info
$94.96
A 25-year-old produced in Linkwood ‘B’ which uses condensers compared with the original Linkwood ‘A’ which has a cask iron worm tub.  More info
$144.74
A 27 year old Linkwood bottled by Adelphi from cask 5300.  More info
$181.74
A 26 year old Linkwood distilled in January of 1984, this was aged for 26 years in a single refill hogshead before bottling in October 2010. A release of 126 bottles from Douglas Laing's Old Malt Cask...  More info
$158.85
This is a twenty-one year old Linkwood from Douglas Laing's Old Malt Cask range. Linkwood is a hidden gem of Speyside and rarely disappoints.

The Old Malt Cask range began as a release of fifty...  More info
$127.80
This is a thirteen year old Linkwood from an ex-Bourbon cask bottled for Douglas Laing's Old Malt Cask range.

The Old Malt Cask range began as a release of fifty bottlings in 1998 to commemorate...  More info
$95.76
This was distilled at Linkwood on the 30th January 1995 and aged for 16 years in a pair of hogsheads (numbers 634 and 644) before bottling by Signatory on the 3rd November 2011. A release of 854...  More info
$58.87
This was distilled at Linkwood on the 5th November 1998. It was aged in bourbon barrels 11769 and 11770 for 13 years before bottling by Signatory on the 13th December 2011. A release of 918 numbered...  More info
$65.82
A fine 20 year old Linkwood distilled in 1991 and bottled for Duncan Taylor's Octave range (which involved finishing the whisky in smaller "octave" casks for added excitement.  More info
$143.51
A 12 year old Linkwood distilled in Summer 1999 and aged in a single bourbon barrel before bottling in Spring of 2002 for the Provenance range from Douglas Laing.  More info
$70.81
An old, rare edition from Signatory. This was distilled at Linkwood on the 21st May 1990. It was then aged in a sherry butt for 14 years before bottling on the 29th September 2004. A release of 865...  More info
$115.71
A 21 year old Linkwood, distilled in May of 1990 and aged in a refill butt before bottling in March of 2012 by Douglas Laing for their Old Malt Cask range. A release of 450 bottles of lovely single...  More info
$136.20
This is a Linkwood from 1985 bottled by Mackillops. Mackillops take a vintners approach to selecting whisky by assessing the balance of a whisky and the sum of all its parts.  More info
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This Linkwood was distilled in 1973 and was bottled by Gordon and MacPhail. The Linkwood distillery has been renovated many times but the spirit remains exceptional.  More info
$290.65
This Linkwood was bottled by independent bottler Signatory in 2012 from a cask filled in 1995. If you like interesting single malts then Linkwood is a must try!  More info
$62.16
A sherry matured, 36 year old single malt, distilled in 1946 and bottled by Gordon and MacPhail.  More info
$1572.10
Distilled at Linkwood in 1972 and aged for 34 years in sherry casks before bottling by Gordon and MacPhail.  More info
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$157.06
A half bottle of 15 year old Linkwood, bottled by Gordon and MacPhail, lots of rich berry fruits…  More info
$31.35
Matured in refill sherry casks, a rare, thick whisky from the Linkwood distillery. This was distilled in 1969 and bottled by Gordon and MacPhail.  More info
$285.26
A cask strength release from Gordon and MacPhail, distilled at Linkwood in 1991 and aged in refill sherry butts.  More info
$110.51
A rare 43 year old from Linkwood, distilled in 1954, matured in first fill sherry hogsheads and bottled in 1997 by Gordon and MacPhail.  More info
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$1326.46
A single malt from the Linkwood distillery, released to commemorate the wedding of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson.  More info
A rum finished Linkwood, distilled in 1981 and bottled in 2008 in a rather elegant 50cl bottle.  More info
Released in 2008, a cask strength from the Linkwood distillery, finished in Port pipes for a thick mouthfeel and fruity, dark notes.  More info
Part of the trio of 2008-released wood finishes from the Linkwood distillery, this cask strength bottling was finished in Red Wine barrels.  More info
$189.23
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