Inspired by a sense of place and community, and with the mission of reclaiming the distilling heritage of Donegal, James and Moira Doherty returned to the northwest coast of Ireland to establish Sliabh Liag Distillers. James’ childhood holidays in Donegal nurtured a love for the folk tales of the Sliabh Liag peninsula resulting in the first product launched by the business, The Silkie range.
James’ lifelong passion of bringing as much of Donegal’s whiskey to the world as possible is now coinciding with the worldwide appreciation for Ireland’s whiskey prestige. The plan was to let Silkie’s smoke set fire to the demand for a true Ulster style of whiskey, and that demand for Sliabh Liag Distillers’ style of soft drinking, hard spirits is growing fast. Sliabh Liag Distillers has sold 240,000 bottles of award-winning Irish Whiskey, Maritime Gin and Vodka to over 40 countries.
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Croithlí Irish Whiskey
Located in Croithlí, County Donegal, set between the Wild Atlantic Coast and the majestic Derryveagh mountains including the stunning Errigal, the distillery home is a historic building constructed in 1901. In keeping with local Gaeltacht distilling tradition, direct fired pot stills are used in double distillation, sourced in the Cognac region, and refurbished to produce beautiful spirit in Croithlí.
The Croithlí distillery experience captures the essence of Donegal Gaeltacht whiskey, generating excited anticipation, appreciation and connection to the people, culture and place that is west Donegal.
Donegal’s first grain distillery in over a century, situated in a picturesque traditional cottage on the hillside overlooking Mulroy Bay on the outskirts of the idyllic village of Carrigart. Baoilleach Distillery produce quality craft whiskey which captures the character and nature of Donegal and its rich distilling heritage.
The core value, as detailed by Michael R O'Boyle – Distiller at Baoilleach Distillery, focuses on ‘Traditional Small Batch Irish Whiskey with Big Flavours from the Hills of Donegal’