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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 single cask Linkwood was distilled on the 16th September 1991 and aged for 18 years in hogshead number 10346 before bottling on the 26th May 2010 for the Bladnoch forum. A release of 252 numbered...  More info
A Speyside malt, bottled by Bladnoch. This was distilled at Linkwood on the 15th March 1984, and matured for 26 years in cask number 1625 (a hogshead) before bottling on the 15th March 2010. A release...  More info
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A rare single malt distilled in 1939 at the Linkwood distillery in Speyside. This was bottled at 43 years of age by Gordon and MacPhail.  More info
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An Editor's Choice at Whisky Magazine, Linkwood 12 is a true classic, as is the Flora and Fauna range. This was bottled way back when, and comes in an attractive wooden box (it's hard to find Flora...  More info
Single cask Linkwood, distilled in December 1989 and matured for 16 years in refill hogshead number 2719 before bottling by Douglas Laing for the Old Malt Cask range in June 2006. An outturn of 302...  More info
A vintage Linkwood, matured in two hogsheads - casks 7963 and 7964. This was distilled on the 24th of June 1991, matured for 18 years before bottling on the 1st October 2009. A release of 779 bottles.  More info
Distilled at Linkwood on the 26th November 1990, matured for 17 years in hogshead number 9726 before bottling on the 15th October 2008, a single cask release of just 262 bottles, bottled by Signatory.  More info
A 26 year old bottling from the linkwood distillery in Speyside.  More info
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A very rare half-bottle of 1988 malt from Speyside distillery Linkwood. Bottled by independent bottler Signatory.  More info
Distilled over 50 years ago, this rare speysider is from the Linkwood distillery in Speyside.  More info
$475.31
The Dimensions range is like the peacock tail of Duncan Taylor, it's their way of showing off the fantastic array of whiskies they have in their portfolio. This 23 year old Linkwood, distilled in...  More info
$193.99
Wouldn't we all like to spend our days in a summer orchard, picking fruit off the tree and eating it while basking in the sun? While many of us won't get to do that because things like...  More info
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Released as part of Diageo's Rare Malts range, a 26 year old bottling, distilled in 1975. A rare Speyside malt from Linkwood.  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
$183.42
Released in 2008, a cask strength from the Linkwood distillery, finished in Port pipes for a thick mouthfeel and fruity, dark notes.  More info
A rum finished Linkwood, distilled in 1981 and bottled in 2008 in a rather elegant 50cl bottle.  More info
A 22 year old Linkwood from the indefatigable Duncan Taylor. Sterling stuff. Distilled in October 1990 and bottled in April 2013 with an outturn of 237.  More info
$165.39
A single malt from the Linkwood distillery, released to commemorate the wedding of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson.  More info
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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$1285.73
A cask strength release from Gordon and MacPhail, distilled at Linkwood in 1991 and aged in refill sherry butts.  More info
$107.12
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
$276.50
A half bottle of 15 year old Linkwood, bottled by Gordon and MacPhail, lots of rich berry fruits…  More info
$30.38
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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$152.24
A sherry matured, 36 year old single malt, distilled in 1946 and bottled by Gordon and MacPhail.  More info
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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
$60.25
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