Review - Linkwood 25 Year Old Gordon & MacPhail Single Malt Scotch Whisky


Rating 4.5 Glasses



Tasting Notes

  • Color & Consistency: Dark maple with fat bottom legs... Delicious
  • Nose: Floral & citrus. A freshly cut grass field glistening with morning dew... Delicious
  • Taste: Sherry forward with a hint of lemon zest. Thick, oily & waxy with tannins that remind us of a rich Malbec... Delicious
    • Finish: Ginger with a hint of fennel, vanilla & cinnamon in the transition.... Delicious
  • Conclusion: First, a moment of silence for the spilled Linkwood on the patio....................
  • Ok, we can continue - Absolutely an amazing dram and even though the grass is always greener across the pond, definitely one of if not the finest Speysides we've had to date. Purchased at Cadenhead's Whisky Shop in Edinburgh, Scotland. Unfortunately this particular vintage is not available stateside but we were lucky enough to score a bottle thanks to a visiting friend. Enough said... Delicous

Distillery Info & History

Located on the outskirts of Elgin (though now within its ever-growing suburbs) Linkwood was established in 1821, but only started production in 1824. Owner Peter Brown was the factor [manager] of the Linkwood Estate and wisely kept his nose clean until the 1823 Excise Act was on the stature book.

It was completely rebuilt in 1874 by his son William and existed as an independent distiller, run by an Elgin-based whisky broker, until 1932 when it joined the DCL stable. It has remained in production ever since, with regular upgrades taking place, most significantly in 1972 when a new distillery was built opposite the old buildings.

Both plants ran until 1985 when the original ceased production, although it was still used as an experimental site – it was here that a lot of Diageo’s research into copper, reflux and the effect of worm tubs took place. In the late 1990s it was on the shortlist to become the Speyside representative in The Classic Malts range.

In 2012, the old building was demolished as part of yet another upgrade. This time six new washbacks were installed in a new distillery along with two new stills. Capacity is now in excess of 5.5m litres per annum. 

Linkwood is bottled as a 12-year-old in Diageo’s Flora & Fauna range, and for many years quasi-official bottlings have come from Gordon & MacPhail of Elgin – often from ex-Sherry casks.