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The Legendary Silkie Irish Whiskey Named Top Irish Whiskey for 2024

Donegal’s Legendary Silkie Irish Whiskey has topped The Independent’s list of top Irish whiskeys for 2024. The list, which was published in the UK newspaper last weekend, was compiled by Aidy Smith, an award-winning TV presenter, broadcaster, and journalist. As well as topping the list of top Irish Whiskeys for 2024, Silkie was also awarded Best Irish Whiskey overall.

To determine their rankings, all the Irish whiskies underwent evaluation through two distinct scenarios: they were firstly assessed on their performance when drunk neat, (no ice or water), in its purest form. Then a few drops of water were added, and finally a large ice cube. This process provided insights into the evolution of each whiskey, enabling the assessment of aroma, concentration, and depth of flavour.
The second test was carried out with a straightforward mixer, and then in the iconic whiskey cocktail, An Old Fashioned. All the whiskies were blind tasted so no outside factors could influence the results.

Inspired by family ties, and a love of the Donegal coast, Silkie Irish Whiskey is a collection of exceptionally soft whiskeys that take you on a journey in smoke. The Silkie collection gives an insight into the style of whiskey Donegal distillers were once renowned for, and which Sliabh Liag Distillers is now reviving.
“We are delighted to receive this recognition as the top Irish Whiskey for 2024,” said James Doherty, founder of Sliabh Liag Distillers. “This achievement is testament to the quality of the whiskeys we source and the blending process that allows us to explore taste and use profound memories to bring character and flavour to Irish whiskey. We take great pride in our heritage and are honoured to be recognised among the best in the industry. Each accolade Silkie receives is further proof of our commitment to upholding the highest standards of craftsmanship, quality, and innovation in the whiskey industry.”

Reviewing the whiskey in The Independent, Aidy Smith said The Legendary Silkie Irish Whiskey has: “an incredibly approachable flavour profile”, which “makes it the perfect choice for all palates (novice and expert alike), with a distinct character, texture and mouth-watering taste that would make any Irishman or Irishwoman proud to put their name alongside it.”
Since its release, the Legendary Silkie Irish Whiskey range has won numerous awards, including Gold at the World Whiskey Awards in 2021 and the Bartender Spirits Awards in 2022.




For more information about Sliabh Liag Distillers and its award-winning products, visit www.sliabhliagdistillers.com.