The Legendary Silkie Irish Whiskey has been awarded a Gold Medal at The Spirits Business Irish Whiskey Masters Competition.

The Spirits Business Irish Whiskey Masters Competition strives to find the finest Irish Whiskeys and to recognise them on a world stage.

A panel of leading spirits and on-trade specialists discovered the Irish Whiskey Masters of 2018 through a blind tasting. Excellence was also recognised in category, region, age and design and packaging.

After blind taste tests, judges rated The Legendary Silkie a Gold Medal in the Blended category.

Sliabh Liag Distillery is Donegal’s first legal distillery in almost 180 years and their independent bottling, The Legendary Silkie Irish Whiskey, was the distillery’s first brand, released in 2016.

The whiskey was awarded a Silver Medal in the Irish Whisky Masters competition in 2017.

Speaking about the accolade, James Doherty, Director of Sliabh Liag Distillery said: “We’re delighted that The Silkie has won Gold at the 2018 Irish Whiskey Masters competition. We’ve made some minor tweaks to the blend and it’s great to see that recognised.

“Just like Donegal, we’ve tried to ensure our Sliabh Liag brands are intentionally challenging and seek to be very different. Our philosophy is simple: We build our brands on four pillars, sense of place, our rich distilling heritage, the culture of the Donegal Gaeltacht and design cues that challenge existing codes.”

The Legendary Silkie Irish Whiskey is inspired by local folklore: “The legends of the Silkie have long been told along the coasts of Donegal. Silkies take the form of seals in the ocean, and irresistibly beautiful women when they come ashore. Our multi award-winning Silkie Whiskey is inspired by these sirens of the sea.

“Its tall, elegant bottle is reminiscent of the bewitching sea maidens and the blue green label reflects the colour of the wild Atlantic from the cliffs of Sliabh Liag.

“The Silkie is a blend of malt and grain whiskeys, creating an exceptionally smooth liquid, with a fresh yet rich character and elegant finish. A testament to the blenders art,” James added.

The Legendary Silkie is available from most good independent off-licences nationwide, as well as some key online retailers, at a recommended retail price of €39. Both Silkie and the distillery’s other brand, An Dúlamán Irish Maritime Gin are distributed in Ireland through MCM Spirits and their partners.

It’s been busy time for the Donegal distillery, The Legendary Silkie Irish Whiskey and An Dúlamán Irish Maritime Gin brands are now available on four continents and they’ve just launched a fundraising round to accelerate exports.

For more information on Sliabh Liag Distillery visit or call + 353 74 9739875.

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