Sliabh Liag Distillers

Reclaiming the Distilling Heritage of Donegal

Brand Overview

Donegal, Ireland’s most northern county is a place apart. Isolated, rural, and intensely beautiful, the landscape sweeps from the Bluestacks mountain range in the east to the endless soft sandy beaches of the west coast of the county. On the Sliabh Liag* Peninsula, the ancient cliffs rise to almost 2,000 feet above sea level, rocky shores are complimented with hidden coves of silver sand.  A brave and resilient people have made Donegal their home for thousands of years.  This beauty along with the rich Donegal heritage inspired James and Moira Doherty to move there in 2014 to build Donegal’s first legal distillery in almost 180 years and to create their award-winning brands, among them are The Silkies.

Sliabh Liag Distillers have set out to reclaim the merely lost distilling heritage of Donegal County in Northwest Ireland. The Legendary Silkies are a tribute to the historical rich, smokey whiskeys from the past. While paying homage to the mythical legend that brings magic to the waters of Donegal.

Legend has it that in the blue-green waters at the foot of the Sliabh Liag mountains, shape-shifting seals shed their skin to become beautiful maidens. Silkies are said to be gentle souls who prefer to dance in the moonlight rather then lead sailors a stray.

The Legendary Silkies’ buttery, smokey, nuanced flavor will beckon a casual whiskey drinker to step into unfamiliar waters.

*pronounced Sleeve League
James and Moira Doherty - Owners of Sliabh Liag Distillers
Graeme is the head distiller- looking in the spirit safe at the first run of the wash still