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No: 39
Producer: United
Region: Highlands
District: Speyside(Lossie)  -   Multimap view
OS Sheet 28 ; Map reference NJ 233 615 ; Latitude 57 38.2° N, Longitude 3 16.9° W
Founded 1821 ; Operating Status (1999): operating

Linkwood is on the Lossie, close to Elgin. It was founded in the 1820s and rebuilt in 1872, 1962 and 1971. That last extension effectively made it into two distilleries, "old" and "new". Despite its growth, it has a traditionalist outlook. Whisky-writer Philp Morrice recalls that at one stage the management forbade even the removal of spiders' webs in case a change in the environment should affect the whisky.
© Michael Jackson 1994

Distillery rating: 4*

Elgin, Morayshire
Tel: 01343-547004


15 yr old, 114 proof
A barrel proof malt. Undiluted, it has an almost astringent quality, making the first sip a bit rough. Real depth & character, though, and wonderful with just a splash of spring water. It is quite instructive to take a barrel proof, and taste it while diluting little by little. I find that for me there is an optimum point somewhat below 110+, but (guessing) higher than 80. [lh]

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