Linkwood

Peter Brown founded the distillery in 1821. At its inception, the site had only two stills, and whisky operation wasn't entirely legal yet. The distillery formally began operations in 1825, after whisky distillation was legalized. Brown's original distillery operated with only one wash still and one spirit still.

Information about the Distillery
123 Bottles
Scotland, Speyside
-3.286931 57.635771
Active
Diageo
3 x 15,000 l
Pear
3 x 17,000 l
Pear
5 x 60,000 l
6 x 30,000 l
12 t
1821
2,750,000 l
Average Tasting Notes Calculated from 50 Tasting Notes
Nosing
Vanilla
Fruit
Oak
Sweet
Malt
Sherry
Chocolate
Spices
Pinapple
Apple
Berries
Peat Smoke
Orange
Lime
Floral
Pear
Lemon
Grape
Raisin
Heather
Hay
Oil
Honey
Alcohol
Tropical Fruit
Nuts
Plum
Banana
Barley
Medicinal Smoke
Green Apple
Blackberry
Wheat
Grapefruit
Kiwi
Cake
Herbs
Tasting
Chocolate
Fruit
Spices
Sweet
Oak
Sherry
Vanilla
Pepper
Honey
Oil
Chili
Malt
Alcohol
Berries
Lemon
Apple
Orange
Dark Chocolate
Nuts
Grass
Coffee
Peat Smoke
Salt
Grape
Banana
Raisin
Heather
Barley
Green Apple
Melon
Lime
Floral
Caramel
Wheat
Pear
Cinnamon
Tropical Fruit
Finish
Oak
Sweet
Spices
Fruit
Malt
Sherry
Chocolate
Pepper
Berries
Grape
Oil
Vanilla
Grass
Peat Smoke
Salt
Apple
Dark Chocolate
Medicinal Smoke
Blackberry
Lime
Caramel
Pear
Peach
Honey
Alcohol
Chili
Mint
Details about the Distillery

The Whisky

A brick wall with the Letters Linkwood placed on themThe Speyside distillery of Linkwood has a very slim selection of official bottlings for prospective buyers to choose from.  Official releases from the distillery have been very rare, and mainly limited to Diago's Flora and Fauna range, as well as United Distiller's Rare Malts range. There have also been a number of independent bottlings of Linkwood by such bottlers as Gordon & MacPhail, Duncan Taylor and Douglas Laing.  

The vast majority of the spirit distilled at Linkwood is used is such Diageo-owned blends as Johnnie Walker and White Horse. However, the distillery also sells of much of the spirit to other blenders.  

The Linkwood company sign.

The Production

The parking lot infront of the stillhous of the Linkwood distilleryLinkwood draws the water used in its production from the Milbules Spring, which flows beside the distillery.  The production capacity of the distillery stands at an impressive 3.5 million liters a year.  The distillery has gone through a series of renovations and refurbishments. In 1971, a second still house was built, which uses six large washbacks, as opposed to the older distillery, which uses five smaller ones. 

The Linkwood still house

The Pot Stills

The pot stills of the Linkwood distilleryLinkwood distillery has three wash and three spirit stills.  The wash stills each have a capacity of 15'000 liters, while the spirit stills each have a capacity of 17'000. Both the wash and spirit stills have a pear shape, with large, spherical lids, and tall conical necks. The spirit stills spherical lids are wider than that of their wash counterparts, allowing for slightly different distillation flow in the still.  The distillery is one of very few in Scotland that has not one but two still houses.  Today, only one is used, with the original house having lain silent since 1996.  The second still house was added in 1971 to increase the distillery's production capacity. Rumors say, that the second still house was started again for production.

The wash and spirit stills inside the distillery.

The Maltings

The Mashtun of the Linkwood distilleryOriginally, the distillery used its own floor maltings, but now the distillery sources its malts from one of Diageo's industrial sources in Speyside. Linkwood distillery uses a combination of peated and unpeated malts, which are used for different distillation process, depending on the destination of the single malt being distilled.

The mash tun inside the distillery.

The Warehouse

A cask inside the Linkwood warehouseLinkwood has a series of onsite warehouses, which are both dunnage and racked. Littlewood is aged in a combination of American Oak and Spanish sherry casks,  which are selected from a series of distilleries and vintners in America and Spain that the distillery has a long-standing relationship with.  

A cask with the Linkwood stamp.

The History

Peter Brown founded the distillery in 1821. At its inception, the site had only two stills, and whisky operation wasn't entirely legal yet.  The distillery formally began operations in 1825, after whisky distillation was legalized. Brown's original distillery operated with only one wash still and one spirit still.  Brown actually ran the distillery for over fifty years, until his death in 1868. Brown's son, William inherited the distillery, and demolished the original distillery to make way for the distillery today. 

Visitor's Centre

Unfortunately none. Linkwood is an industrial complex.

Chronological rating history

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