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Sliabh Liag Distillers is the first distilling company in the county for over 175 years, established with the purpose of reclaiming the distilling heritage of Donegal. Two Scatterlings have returned to Sliabh Liag with their Meitheal (work-gang or team) to create a legacy that the whole community can be proud of. Located on the Sliabh Liag peninsula, the two distilleries are surrounded by one of the world’s most striking landscapes populated by resilient people, steeped in folklore and with a legendary distilling heritage.
The Silkie Irish Whiskey is a multi award winning, independent bottling, inspired by the folk tales of Donegal. County Donegal has a rich tradition of illicit distilling, which is largely lost. Seanchaí were the keepers of the oral tradition, with a strong sense of community. They created and recounted the tales and legends that give the area its distinctive identity.
They told the stories of the Silkie, or Selkie, seals: the legendary shape-shifters who shed their seal skins to come ashore as beautiful sea maidens or handsome men with enchanting voices, only to eventually return to the sea leaving broken hearts. The mission at the Sliabh Liag Distillery is to reclaim the distilling heritage and folklore of Donegal and build a legacy that everyone can be fiercely proud of.
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