A 12-year-old Linkwood single malt, bottled as part of the Flora & Fauna series. The Flora & Fauna series was introduced by Diageo (then known as United Distillers) in the 1990s. The range showcases some of Diageo’s lesser-known distilleries, whose whiskies are generally used in blends or released as independent bottlings. Originally nameless, the series was dubbed ‘Flora & Fauna’ by whisky author Michael Jackson, a nod to the drawings of animals and plants on the labels. The Linkwood distillery, located on the outskirts of Elgin in Speyside, is surrounded by a beautiful reservoir that’s the home of ducks and swans. As the legend goes, superstitious distillery manager Roderick Mackenzie believed the environment to be so important that he refused to change a single thing. Even spiderwebs couldn’t be removed, just in case it would negatively affect the whisky. While the cobwebs have since been removed, the distillery still takes great care to maintain the high quality of its whisky.