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Linkwood Distillery

Region: Speyside, Scotland.

Founded: 1821

Status: Active

Owner: Diageo

Water source: springs near Milbuies Loch

Stills: 3x Wash 3x Spirit

Capacity: 2.5 million litres per annum

The Linkwood Distillery is a whisky distillery in Elgin, in the Speyside region of Scotland.


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.

Linkwood whisky reviews:

  • Linkwood 12 Years Old Flora and Fauna ~ 43% (Diageo) - Linkwood 12 Years Old Flora and Fauna 43% ABV, £44 for 70cl Score: 83/100 What they say: Linkwood distillery stands on the River Lossie, close to Elgin in Speyside. The distillery has retained its traditional atmosphere since its establishment in 1821. Great care has always been taken to safeguard the character of the whisky which […]
  • Linkwood 16 Years Old ~ 48% (The Whisky Exchange) - Linkwood 16 Years Old – Sherry Cask TWE Retro Label 48% ABV, £64.95 for 70cl available from The Whisky Exchange Score: 86/100 What they say: A rich and sherried whisky from Linkwood, released at 16 years old at the 2013 Whisky Show by The Whisky Exchange. The label shape is inspired by some very old bottles […]
  • Linkwood 17 Years Old 1997 – Old Particular ~ 48.4% (Douglas Laing) - Linkwood 17 Years Old 1997 – Old Particular Single malt scotch whisky 48.4% ABV Score: 85/100 What they say: A 17 year old expression from Linkwood distillery bottled as part of the Old Particular range One of 401 bottles charged from a refill hogshead. Ref  – DL10413 This single cask was distilled June 1997 and […]
  • Linkwood1972SC Linkwood 1972 Speyside Collection ~ 43% (Gordon & MacPhail) - Whisky Review: Linkwood 1972 Speyside Collection Category: Speyside single malt scotch whisky Origin: Linkwood Distillery Bottling: Gordon & MacPhail, Speyside Collection ABV: 43% Cost: £10,495.95 from Master of Malt  ~ £545 on its own from Whisky Online What they say: Speyside Collection Leading whisky specialist Gordon & MacPhail has launched an exclusive Speyside Collection, offering customers […]
  • Linkwood 23 Years Old 1990 39.99 Springtime in Andalucia ~ 58.9% (SMWS) - Linkwood 23 Years Old 1990 – 39.99 Springtime in Andalucia Single malt scotch whisky 58.9% ABV, £85.40 for 70cl Score: 89/100 What they say: ‘What a nose’ and ‘I could smell this all day’ were just two remarks before we noted aromas of toasted malt loaf with melted butter, freshly made peanut brittle, brandy snaps, […]
  • Linkwood 24 Years Old ~ 51.7% (Whiskybroker) - Linkwood 24 Years Old 51.7% ABV, £58 for 70cl available from Score: 87/100 What they say: 24 year old Linkwood, 70cl, 51.7% vol. Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky bottled by A special bottling for Christmas, with a festive label and allowing the option of personalising the label to give it as a gift. […]
  • linkwood-25-year-old-gm Linkwood 25 Years Old ~ 43% (Gordon & MacPhail) - Whisky Review: Linkwood 25 Years Old Category: Speyside single malt scotch whisky Origin: Linkwood Distillery Bottling: Gordon & MacPhail; Distillery Labels collection ABV: 43% Cost: £106.87 from Master of Malt [sold out] What they say: Colour: Dark golden. Body: Medium. Finish: Long. Cask Type: Refill Sherry casks. Style: A sophisticated Speysider – with some finesse. […]
  • Linkwood 9 Years Old 2004 39.95 Caressing, warm and friendly ~ 61.2% (SMWS) - Linkwood 9 Years Old 2004 – 39.95 Caressing, warm and friendly 61.2% ABV, £44 for 70cl Score: 85/100 What they say: Cask No. 39.95 The nose, fresh and attractively youthful, tumbled aromatic antics of vanilla, gorse flowers, sandalwood, scented candles and melon, plus plentiful sweet suggestions (stroop waffles, toffee ice-cream, lemon puffs, Edinburgh Rock, white […]
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