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Silkies, Sincerity, and Sliabh Liag Distillers

Silkies, Sincerity, and Sliabh Liag Distillers

About Sliabh Liag Distillers 

Where are they located?

Sliabh Liag Distillers is the first whiskey distillery to be located in Donegal, Ireland. Donegal is at the northern-most part of Ireland, and is home to the stunning Sliabh Liag Peninsula, on which ancient cliffs rise about 2,000 feet above sea level and silver sand graces the rocky shore. 

Who founded Sliabh Liag Distillers?

Husband and wife James and Moira Doherty (pictured above) moved all the way from Hong Kong back to the place of their roots, Northwest Ireland, to pursue their dream of reinstating the distilling legacy of Donegal. 


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Photo Credits: Gerd Eichmann, CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons

Why the name Sliabh Liag Distillers?

Their whiskeys are named for the old Irish legend of the Silkie and contain a smokey flavor profile honoring the distilling legacy of Donegal and Ireland. What better embodiment of the craft distillery than the (pictured above) rugged, historic, and wild peninsula of Sliabh Liag? Not to mention that those legendary cliffs are right near the distillery itself. Honoring the distilling legacy of Donegal and Ireland, Sliabh Liag Distillers is both unique and traditional in the same sip. 

Sliabh Liag Distillers distillery

What Makes Sliabh Liag Distillers Unique? 

Both modern and traditional, Sliabh Liag Distillers was created out of a love for founders James and Moira Doherty's desire to return to their original homeland: Donegal, Ireland. The craft Irish distillery is unique in its location, as the first distillery in Donegal for the last 175 years, as well as its smokey flavor profile dating back to early productions of Irish whiskey. Their Silkie whiskeys are named for an old Irish legend that one can just believe might happen on the isolated, rugged, and dramatic beaches of Sliabh Liag, in which seals turn into beautiful gentle hearted maidens who dance in the moonlight. 

Sliabh Liag Distillers Products Available to Buy Online at 

Silkie Midnight Irish Whiskey

midnight silkie whiskey Sliabh Liag distillery bottle

The Legendary Dark Silkie Irish Whiskey

legendary dark silkie Irish whiskey Sliabh Liag distillers

The Legendary Silkie Irish Whiskey

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Cocktail Recipes

1. Silkie Smokey Old Fashioned  

    smokey Irish whiskey old fashioned Sliabh Liag


    • 2 oz Silkie Irish Whiskey
    • .5 oz simple syrup
    • 2 dashes orange bitters (such as Angostura brand)
    • 2 dashes of aromatic bitters (such as Angostura brand)
    • Orange peel twist, for garnish (optional)



        • Pour the Irish whiskey, syrup, and bitters into a cocktail shaker with ice. 
        • Shake and then strain into a lowball (or Old Fashioned) glass filled with ice.
        • Garnish with the orange twist if desired, and enjoy!

        2. Whiskey Sour





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