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Sliabh Liag Distillers Reveals a Darker Side with The Legendary Dark Silkie

Ahead of World Whiskey Day this Saturday, Sliabh Liag Distillers has released The Legendary Dark Silkie Irish Whiskey, a blend of carefully selected Irish Whiskeys which will reintroduce drinkers to the rich smoky peated Irish Whiskey. The release follows on from the success of the distillery’s Legendary Silkie Irish Whiskey.

Sliabh Liag Distillers has taken a bold step with Dark Silkie in recreating the taste of Donegal whiskey in the 19th century. James Doherty, founder and managing director of Sliabh Liag Distillers says: “The Dark Silkie is the first addition to the Silkie range and adds a smoky overlay to the signature Silkie style. It has always been my intention to bring peat smoke to blends and this is the first time we have been able to source the right smoky whiskeys for our Silkie. It’s the perfect stepping-stone for introducing the dry, rich, smoky style that we believe is true to Donegal and the wild Atlantic coast.”

“The Legendary Dark Silkie has, on the nose, fresh apple, pipe tobacco and the comforting dry smoke of a peat fire. To taste, the whiskey is super soft with a salted-caramel sweetness, dark chocolate and liquorice, oak, leather and a dry spicy smoke. The finish is warming with smoky malt, peanut butter and melts away” Doherty added.

Dark Silkie has at its core a triple distilled peated single malt which is matured in sherry casks. This single malt is peated to 55ppm (parts per million) which after the triple distillation results in a phenol level around 22ppm giving a rich, sweet, smoky flavour. The peated single malt is blended with a double distilled single malt matured in bourbon barrels and soft grain whiskey matured in virgin oak casks.

As with the multi-award winning Silkie Irish Whiskey, Dark Silkie is hand bottled at Sliabh Liag Distillers in Carrick, County Donegal and, in keeping with the strong tradition of storytelling still prevalent in Donegal, The Dark Silkie is named after the Silkies of the Donegal coast. Silkies are mermaid-like mythical shapeshifters, who shed their seal skin coats on a sandy moonlit shore to become beautiful sea maidens.

Last month, Sliabh Liag Distillers joined the national effort in fighting COVID-19 by pivoting production to hand sanitiser, as Doherty explains: “It has been a busy time with the pivot toward hand sanitiser in recent weeks, but in spite of the pandemic, we are pushing ahead with the distillery in Ardara and will only produce rich peated whiskeys with our “all grains in process” which I think is unique to Ireland”.

The Legendary Dark Silkie Irish Whiskey has an RRP of €42 and is available online at the Sliabh Liag Distillers Webshop, Diceys, The Celtic Whiskey Shop, Amazon and Master of Malt.


Sliabh Liag Distillers Answering Ireland’s Call by Manufacturing Hand Sanitiser.

Pictured is Moira Doherty of Sliabh Liag Distillers with the distillery’s new hand sanitiser

Donegal’s Sliabh Liag Distillers are joining the national effort to fight COVID-19 by pivoting
production from their award-winning spirits to make hand sanitiser for Donegal's hospitals,
essential services and front-line staff.
“We’re delighted to be able to use our production facilities at the distillery in Carrick to
produce hand sanitiser”, said director Moira Doherty.
We have scaled back our normal production and diverted our attention to supporting front-
line staff in their unprecedented efforts to protect us from the spread of this virus.”
“Hand sanitiser is essential for our health service, but it must be made of a minimum 60%
alcohol to be effective. We realised we are in a unique position to help our local services and
community here in Donegal and we’re donating 1,000 litres to Donegal’s essential services.”
she said.
“We have been working with Rosaria at Algaran Teoranta in Glencolmcille, utilising her
extensive knowledge to create an effective sanitiser at 70% alcohol, enriched with local
seaweeds to make it kinder to the skin.”
“To meet the public demand, it’s essential that hand sanitiser is available and the fact that
we can produce it locally will help mitigate against any supply chain issues that may arise
down the line. Donegal County Council and the Revenue have been supportive of this
project from the outset."
“There is an overwhelming sense of community in Donegal, which is why we chose it as our
home. We are all in these uncertain times together and as a former midwife, I’m delighted to
be able to do our bit for our front-line staff and health-care workers, to help protect them as
they save lives.” Mrs. Doherty added, “and for members of the public in the locality we will
organise a click and collect service from the on-line shop”
Meanwhile, in spite of the global pandemic, the directors at Sliabh Liag Distillers are
pressing ahead with plans for the new distillery in Ardara. “It is unlikely we will be open this
year with the restrictions that are currently in place” said Managing Director, James Doherty
“but we have commenced work on the site and remain resolute that, as soon as possible, we
will build the whiskey distillery and get into scale production of Irish Whiskey in Ardara.”
“Earlier in the year, we launched our Seanchaí Cask programme where people can
purchase the first casks from the distillery and it has been particularly rewarding to welcome

to the family the first of our 600 Seanchaí Cask Owners. They are helping us build the
distillery and are a key part of the history and success of the company.”
Based in west-Donegal, on Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way, Sliabh Liag Distillers continues its
innovation drive and has released Dark Silkie, a dry smoky expression of the acclaimed
Silkie Irish Whiskey and An Dúlamán Santa Ana Armada Strength Gin. Shortly after its
release, An Dúlamán Santa Ana Armada Strength Gin was awarded silver in the Navy Gin
category of the World Gin Awards, while Moira Doherty was also shortlisted for Distiller of
the Year.
Moira says it is an honour to be recognised at an international level: “It’s fantastic to be
recognised among some of the best gin brands in the world. Our An Dúlamán Santa Ana
Armada Strength Gin has a really rich story, with a strong connection to Donegal, so we’re
delighted to be sharing that with gin lovers around the world.”
The distillery’s other brands include The Legendary Silkie Irish Whiskey, An Dúlamán Irish
Maritime Gin and Assaranca Vodka, which was released in 2019. Sliabh Liag Distillers is
committed to reclaiming the distilling heritage of Donegal and plans to release The Sliabh
Liag Donegal Single Malt Irish Whiskey and Donegal Pot Still Irish Whiskey when it reaches
For more information on Sliabh Liag Distillers visit
To buy sanitiser