Sliabh Liag Distillers filled their first cask
The privately owned Irishbrings back to Donegal
Whiskey is now also distilled in the far north of the Republic of Ireland: The Sliabh Liag Distillers (SLD), based in Carrick in County Donegal, not far from the mighty cliffs Sliabh Liag (Slieve League), have filled their first .
It is the first legal whiskey distillery in Donegal since 1841, we learn from the press release of the privately owned company. James Doherty, who founded and runs SLD together with his wife Moira, explains: “While Burt Distillery ceased in 1841, we know illegal distilling continued during the intermittent years, not least by my grandfather who was creating a , 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.”
Irish production of the smoky whiskey. It grows in Meath and is malted over peat from Meenavaghran (Mhín na bhFachrán), not far from Carrick. Distillation is done twice in the , which is called “Méabh”, Maeve. The first cask filled by Sliabh Liag Distillers was a ex- .is used for the
The small distillery in Carrick is planned to be joined by a larger one in Ardara, 15 miles away. The Dohertys want to combine latest distilling technology with traditional Donegal know-how. To be able to build the new distillery, Sliabh Liag Distillers will start a crowdfunding campaign on August 26th. The aim is to 1.5 million euros on the platform Crowdcube.com.
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