• Best Sommelier in Ireland Competition Sunday 16th August, 2020

    Best Sommelier in Ireland Competition 2020
    Date: Sunday
    16th August, 2020
    Whelehans Wines, The Silver Tassie, Bray Rd, Loughlinstown, Co. Dublin, D18VK37

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    Donegal distillery fills its first cask with a peated single malt new-make spirit
    The resurgent Irish whiskey industry has a new feather in its cap with the announcement that
    Donegal is once again distilling whiskey. In the shadow of the imposing mountain of Sliabh Liag, a
    double distilled smoky spirit made from Irish peated malt has been filled into a first fill bourbon oak
    cask by Sliabh Liag Distillers (SLD). It is the first time since the closure of Burt Distillery in 1841 that
    legal whiskey distillation has taken place in Donegal.
    The small-batch production at its Carrick facility will help the company’s founders and distillers,
    James and Moira Doherty, undertake valuable research and development while the business’s new
    whiskey distillery at Ardara is under construction. The timing also marks an important period in
    Sliabh Liag Distillery’s history as it prepares for a crowd-funding launch on Wednesday 26 th August to
    help raise €1.5m of capital for the new distillery.
    Commenting on the landmark occasion, James Doherty, SLD Founder, said: “We’ve done it! It’s only
    now that the first cask is filled, ready to mature into a smoky single malt Irish whiskey that we feel
    we’ve really returned to Donegal. When Moira and I moved back here in 2014, it was with the
    dream of reigniting the county’s distilling heritage, and with the Crolly and Baoilleach distilleries, the
    county is getting there. Our new spirit smells lovely and drinks even better; it is soft and smoky
    sweet with a fresh pear note and a hint of treacle.”
    “While the success of our An Dúlamán gin and Silkie and Dark Silkie blended Irish whiskeys has been
    rewarding”, James says, “the distilling genes in me knew this scatterling’s return wouldn’t be
    complete without an Irish malt flowing from the stills. While Burt Distillery ceased production in
    1841, we know illegal distilling continued during the intermittent years, not least by my grandfather
    who was creating a smoky, double distilled spirit under the authorities’ radar on the hills ‘up the
    glen’ in Kilcar. I think my grandfather would approve that we are now distilling the first legal whiskey
    in Donegal for nearly 200 years, and there’s a lovely sense of coming full circle.” James added.
    “There has been a fair amount of blood, sweat and tears to get to this point – especially last week in
    hand-mashing 500L of wort for brewing – but it’s given us a huge lift as we embark on the next stage

    in both our and Donegal’s history. Turf has been turned at the site of the Ardara Distillery and we
    launch our fundraising exercise on Crowd Cube in a few weeks’ time. Once we are up and running
    there, the future of Donegal Irish Whiskey will be even brighter.” James added.
    The new make spirit is exceptionally soft and is fresh, citrusy and has rich chocolate notes to
    complement the pronounced smoke. It has been made from Irish Craft Malts barley grown in Meath
    and some malted over peat from Mín na bhFachraín. The smoky profile of the spirit is true to what
    was being distilled in Ulster 200 years ago, and like the county itself, a contrast to the rest of Ireland
    in character.
    It was distilled twice in SLD’s copper pot still, known as Méabh. This first run of spirit has been filled
    into a first fill bourbon oak cask. The creation of the spirit was delayed from earlier this year when
    Sliabh Liag Distillers turned its focus to creating hand sanitizer for the local community during the
    early stages of the pandemic.
    When this very first whiskey is ready for bottling, it will give some indication of what James, Moira
    and the ‘meitheal’ (work-gang) around them aim to produce at Ardara Distillery. The hope is to
    make Donegal to Ireland what Islay is to Scotland.
    For further information, interview, crowd-funding investor prospectus and photography please contact:
    Mary Crawford, The Right Angle, 087 277 4739 or [email protected]
    Notes to Editors
     Sliabh Liag (pronounced ‘sleeve league’) Distillers is independently owned.
     SLD is committed to reclaiming the distilling heritage of Donegal. In addition to An Dúlamán Irish
    Maritime Gin, the company also produces the blended Silkie Irish Whiskey, Dark Silkie Irish Whiskey
    and Assaranca Vodka.
     SLD has begun construction of its new distillery at Ardara, co Donegal. The state-of-the-art facility will
    combine the latest distilling technology and a unique “all grains in” process with ancient Donegal
    distilling knowhow to create a whiskey unlike that found in the rest of Ireland.
     On Wednesday 26 th August, the company launches its €1.5m fundraising campaign on
    Crowdcube.com. (NB: it will not be live on the Crowdcube website before then.)

     Silkie, Dark Silkie, An Dúlamán and Assaranca are all distributed by Vine Distribution Services in the
    UK. Established in 2000, Vine Distribution Services (VDS UK Limited) are importers and distributors of
    premium drinks and other FMCG brands in the UK. Founded by Steve Brown and Paul Macgregor, VDS
    is a sales, marketing and distribution company that specialises in the development of premium
    alcoholic and non-alcoholic brands.

  • Best Sommelier in Ireland Competition 2020  

    Best Sommelier in Ireland Competition 2020


    Sunday 16th August, 2020


    Whelehans Wines, The Silver Tassie,

    Bray Rd, Loughlinstown, Co. Dublin, D18 VK37



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