Sliabh Liag Distillers (pronounced 'sleeve league') has put its first own barrel to sleep in 2019, so in the foreseeable future we will be able to taste their own single malt whiskey. Until then, they release a series called Silkie, which is a blend of both double and triple distilled malts (including peated) and grain. We'll start with the Legendary. Sounds rather bombastic for an entry level blend, doesn't it? But that's because the whiskey is named after the Silkies from the Scottish, Irish and Faroese legends. According to that myth, they are seals in the water, but they can take on an irresistible human form on land. This completely aside!
The nose is very young and fresh on cake, lemon pie, cottage cheese and soft garden herbs. Some more vanilla and digestive cookies, as well as a freshly cut Granny Smith. At the same time, it comes across as very young. Blindly, I would have called this an eau-de-vie of apples and lemons.
The taste is okay, without going big. Caramel, grain cookies, chocolate filled with banana. Gets dry very quickly and then shows a soft touch of smoke. Licorice and some candied orange. Again on the young side, but it doesn't disappoint, though. Flawless whiskey.
The finish is short and leaves the mouth semi-dry.
This Silkie is available for about 30 to 40 EUR. It will not rock your boat, but is a very pleasant and accessible sipper. Thanks to Gaetan for the sample.