What’s shakin, cocktail fans? Welcome to Episode 237 of The Modern Bar Cart Podcast!
Thanks for joining us for another interview episode, where we track down the best and brightest minds in the spirits and cocktail world so that we can share their secrets with you. In this delicious, philosophical conversation with James Doherty of Sliabh Liag Distillers and The Legendary Silkie Irish Whiskey, some of the topics we discuss include:
- The geography and culture of the Donegal region of Ireland, located in the far Northwest of the country, and how this elemental landscape inspires their mission and their products.
- Why James and his wife and distiller Moira consider themselves “scatterlings,” having come to Donegal after traveling and collecting flavors from around the world, and how this informs their approach to creating spirits with a sense of time and place.
- Then, of course, we explore the legend of the Silkie, a maritime yarn deposited in Ireland by the Vikings, and taste through the three primary expressions of the Legendary Silkie: the flagship product, the Dark Silkie, and the Midnight Silkie.
- Along the way, we cover why Irish whiskey is beginning to return to its smoky roots, how building a blended whiskey can be like carving a block of marble, why Australians don’t understand what the world truly loves about them, and much, much more.
As you sink into this conversation filled with charming Irish legends and breathtaking landscapes, we’d encourage you to pay attention to the ways in which James and his team are trying to advance the conversation about what Irish whiskey is and could be, and how they’re grounding that mission in a place they truly love. That’s a sense of place that’s greater than the climate and weather conditions we generally consider when we think about terroir. And that’s precisely the kind of thoughtful, integrated approach you’d expect from a brand that makes delicious, exciting whiskeys.