- Founded: 1821
- Status: Operational
- Region: Speyside, Scotland.
- Online: https://www.malts.com/en-row/our-whisky-collection/linkwood/
History The distillery was built in 1821 by Peter Brown with two stills, and started production in 1825 with a capacity of 4,500 litres per year. The distillery was operated by James Walker until Browns death in 1868, after which the distillery got under control of his son, William Brown. Between 1872 and 1873 William Brown, the son of Peter Brown designed and built a new distillery with help of architect Methven, replacing the old one on the same location. The new distillery had a capacity of 227,000 liters per year. After William Browns death, the Linkwood-Glenlivet company was created by Browns family in 1898 and brought to the stock exchange. The distillery was then further extended to a capacity of 454,000 liters per year. In 1902 Innes Cameron joined the Linkwood-Glenlivet company and became managing director of the Linkwood distillery until his death in 1932. By that time he was the largest shareholder of the company. The company was sold to Scottish Malt Distillers, which itself was bought by United Distillers.
After temporary closure between 1941 and 1945 as a result of barley shortage during the World War II, the distillery reopened in 1945 under Roderick Mackenzie, who led the distillery until 1963. Mackenzie who believed that all things in the distillery contributed to the final product. In 1962, Scottish Malt Distillers decided the distillery needed to be completely refurbished. Mackenzie oversaw the rebuilding of the distillery in his last year as general manager. The distillery was electrified, replacing the steam engine and water wheel that powered the distillery before, and all stills were replaced with exact replicas of the former stills. In 1971 the a second distillery was built alongside the first, which became known as Linkwood B, with steam heated stills. The stills of the first distillery were converted by heated by steam as well. With the build of Linkwood B the two distilleries reached its current combined capacity of 2.5 million liters per year. The distillery was mothballed between 1985 to 1990.
The Whiskyphiles tasting notes
- Linkwood 17 Years Old 1997 Old Particular (48.4%, Douglas Laing, Refill HH #10413, 401 Bottles, 2014)
Gordon & MacPhail
- Linkwood 1972 Speyside Collection (43%, Gordon & MacPhail, 1st Fill Sherry HH #14796, 277 Bottles, 2013)
- Linkwood 25 Years Old Distillery Labels (43%, Gordon & MacPhail, 2015)
Scotch malt Whisky Society
- Linkwood 23 Years Old 1990 39.99 Springtime in Andalucia (58.9%, SMWS, Refill Bourbon HH, 222 Bottles, 2014)
- Linkwood 9 Years Old 2004 39.95 Caressing, warm and friendly (61.2%, SMWS, Refill Bourbon Barrel, 221 Bottles, 2014)