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Whiskymag 137 July _Aug 2016

Linkwood  Single Malt  Scotch Whisky

Speyside Distillery Infomation

Linkwood Scotch Whisky Distillery History

Located in wooded surroundings, just a mile south east of Elgin The distillery was established by Peter Brown in 1821. Named after the old mansion house that it was sited on.


During the 1840’s output under James Walker, as manager, was 20,000 gallons a year


William Brown, son of the former Peter Brown, rebuilt the distillery in 1873 Control of the distillery passed to the Linkwood-Glenlivet Distillery Co Ltd in 1897. Production after the rebuild was 50.000 gallons per year


Great care has always been taken to maintain the quality of the whisky at Linkwood, Roderick Mackenzie, distillery manager at one time, forbid the removal of even spider webs in case the change in environment affected the quality of the whisky!  


The Linkwood distillery was sold to SMD in 1933 for £80,000


The distillery was renovated in 1962 and again in 1971, this time 4 more stills where added in a new still house next door. Exact replicas of the original stills were commissioned complete with the bumps and dents, so as to preserve the spirits character.


The original Victorian still house with its pair of stills was closed down in 1985 however five years later these where re-commissioned.


Linkwood Single Malt  Scotch Whisky Distillery Bottlings

Linkwood 12 Year Old (Flora & Fauna)


Linkwood Single Malt  Scotch Whisky

Older Distillery Bottlings

Linkwood Aged 22 years 1972 Rare Malt Selection

Linkwood Aged 22 years 1974 Rare Malt Selection

Linkwood Aged 23 years 1973 Rare Malt Selection

Linkwood Aged 26 years 1975 Rare Malt Selection

Linkwood Aged 30 years 1974 Rare Malt Selection


Linkwood 1982 - 26years old limited edition 3 Batches


Linkwood Single Malt Scotch Whisky 26 year old 1975

Rare Malt Selection Tasting Notes


Colour: Pale Golden


Gloriously floral nose, then enjoy the nutty, sweetly creamy palate and soft bodied style of a real Speyside gem, with its intense, very long finish.


Linkwood Single Malt  Scotch Whisky

Independent Bottlings


Berry's Own Selection


Bladnoch Forum


Cask Strength  (Gordon & MacPhail)

Chieftain’s (Ian Macleod),

Coopers Choice

Dewar Rattery

Dun Bheagan (Ian McLeod),

Gordon & MacPhail

Harts Brothers

Kingsbury (Japanese Import Systems Co Ltd)

Murray McDavid,

Mission 2 (Murray McDavid),

Old Malt Cask  (Douglas Laing),

Provenance (Douglas Laing),



Whisky Galore (Duncan Taylor)

Linkwood Distillery, Elgin,


IV30 3RD

Tel: +44 (0)1343 547004


No Visitor Facilities

Linkwood Scotch Whisky

Distillery Style Tasting Notes


Nose: Light and floral. Berry fruits.


Palate:  Medium bodied. Vanilla, rich fruit.


Finish: Soft and rounded. Very smooth.

Founded in 1821 by Peter Brown

Location Speyside Region Central district south of Elgin

Water source Local springs near Millbuies Loch.


Linkwood Scotch Whisky Distilling Equipment

Cast iron mash tun

11 Oregon pine washbacks

6 Pot stills two in the original distillery still house, 4 in the new 1971 extension

Matured in ex-bourbon casks