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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 1868. 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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Linkwood single malt Scotch whisky, bottled by Wemyss and given the name Citrus Burst, which doesn't sound too dissimilar from the name of an ice cream or an exciting sweetie. It's not. It's a tasty...  More info
$119.94
A Signatory bottling of Linkwood single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in January 1995 and bottled in January 2014. It matured in two consecutive hogshead casks for 18 years.  More info
$60.48
This WM Cadenhead bottling of 12 year old Linkwood single malt is the real deal. You might even say it's "authentic", which would make sense, as it's part of their Authentic Collection. After maturing...  More info
$76.69
A Signatory bottling of Linkwood single malt Scotch whisky, taken from two hogsheads. The casks were filled in May 1995, and 19 years later, in May 2014, they were emptied with an outturn of 849...  More info
$66.54
Bottled by Signatory in April 2013 after a 27 year maturation in a single hogshead, this Linkwood whisky has earned the right to become part of the excellent Cask Strength Collection from Signatory...  More info
$177.32
Single malt Linkwood whisky, taken from two bourbon barrels that were filled in November 1998. 15 years later, in February 2014, it was bottled by Signatory without chill-filtering or added colours...  More info
$71.10
This is a lively, citrus whisky with a sweet body. Pale and straw like in colour, this Linkwood has been bottled at 46% without colouring.  More info
$106.98
This is a Carn Mor bottling of Linkwood, distilled in 1988 and aged in a single hogshead for 24 years before bottling in August 2012. It's a release of 243 numbered bottles, at natural cask strength.  More info
$178.85
A single cask bottling of the gentle Linkwood as part of the newly launched Managers Choice selection - a range of expressions consisting of a single cask from each of Diageo's 27 malt whisky...  More info
$301.29
A cask strength release from Gordon and MacPhail, distilled at Linkwood in 1991 and aged in refill sherry butts. This has been bottled at a slightly higher abv than the previous 1991 release.  More info
$114.77
Batch 2 of Duncan Taylor's 17 year old 1995 Linkwood, bottled in February 2013 as part of the Dimensions range.  More info
$94.80
This single cask Linkwood was distilled in October 1996 before a 15 year maturation. It was bottled in February 2012 by Duncan Taylor for their Dimensions range, this is batch number 0002.  More info
$92.52
A 14 Year Old Linkwood drawn from three concurrent casks, bottled without chill filtration by Signatory.  More info
$71.10
The traditional name for the Linkwood distillery, Linkwood-Glenlivet, is used on this WM Cadenhead independent bottling. The single malt Scotch whisky was distilled in 2001 and bottled in October...  More info
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$73.01
Part of the Duncan Taylor Dimensions selection, this 15 year old Linkwood single malt Scotch whisky was distilled in May 1998 and bottled at cask strength in September 2013 with an outturn of 295...  More info
$108.41
A 15 year old single cask offering from Douglas Laing presented at the lower bottling volume of 46% in early 2013.  More info
$80.89
A 23 year old Speyside dram from Linkwood distillery. Bottled by Adelphi in 2012.  More info
$126.05
This was distilled at Linkwood in October 1996 and it was aged for 15 years before bottling by Duncan Taylor for their Dimensions series in November 2011. This is Batch 0001.  More info
$92.52
Finished in wee little 50 litre casks - the outturn of this 15 year old single cask Linkwood was just 69 bottles! Fantastic stuff from Duncan Taylor.  More info
$111.58
Now entering the arena, at a hearty 43% abv, all the way from Speyside, it's the fantastic Linkwood 18 Year Old single malt Scotch whisky bottled by Signatory!  More info
$62.18
A delicious single cask Linkwood, distilled in Speyside in 1984, and aged for 26 years in cask 5269 before bottling in 2011 by Adelphi. An out-turn of 216 cask strength bottles.  More info
Another superb cask strength Linkwood from Adelphi, aged in cask 5266, with a much lighter hue than cask 5269. This was distilled in 1984 and aged for 26 years before bottling in 2011 with an out-turn...  More info
This 20 year old, cask strength, single cask Linkwood was distilled in October 1990, and aged in cask 8323. This was bottled by Duncan Taylor in October 2011 and had an out-turn of 260 bottles.  More info
Distilled at Linkwood distillery in October 1989. This was aged for 22 years in cask 5042 before bottling by Duncan Taylor for their Rare Auld range in January 2012. A cask strength release of 155...  More info
$135.30
This is a fourteen year Linkwood bottled at 46%abv for Duncan Taylor's Dimensions 46 range.  More info
$87.80
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