Silkie The Legendary Dark SLD

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Sliabh Liag Distillers (SLD)
Bottling serie
Irish Whiskey
46.0 % Vol.
50 ml 700 ml
Added on
30 apr 2020 7:48 pm by whisky313

Average value

€ 38.49

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50 × member ratings

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Whisky reviews for Silkie The Legendary Dark SLD

9 users have left 9 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 81.83 points.

  1. Robinzon25 scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    Delicious, "drinkable" whiskey with very good aroma. Head taller than my brother - Silkie Irish whiskey, which I described above. He pleasantly surprised me, especially in the aroma.
    • Nose
      Quite difficult. The first nose - sherry notes, smoke, barnyard with all the ingredients. Deeper - spices, herbs and a little mint. Okay!
    • Taste
      Sweet-smoky, slightly winey, peppery with dry tannins.
    • Finish
      Medium duration, slightly harsh, with a sweet wine sillage, mint smokiness, peppery note and an almost imperceptible grain component.

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  3. Poejke scored this whisky 86 points Newbie

    beaitifull smooth and silky whiskey. Broad in especially taste, sweet with clear butterscotch nose and taste. Hints of oak and some smokeness makes it a very nice and a easy whisky to drink for all seasons.

  4. Slàinte Mhath scored this whisky 76 points Super Administrator

    Quick hit review.

    Sliabh Liag Distillers presents this non-chill filtered, peated Irish blend at 46% ABV, so I have high hopes. Chili pepper, vanilla and cereal notes introduce the slightly hot nose. The mossy peat smoke is fairly restrained. After the peppery arrival, honey, herbal notes and waves of peat struggle with spirity undertone of this dram. Salted caramel and mild tannins fade in the short finish. There is potential, but this young Silkie is miles away from being silky.

    RATING: 2.7/5.0 stars ≙ 76 pts → SUBPAR [+]

  5. thebonewolf scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Not much smoke detected despite seeing it in other reviews, but there was an overall sense of "power" behind what I did get which would otherwise be some pretty light notes.
    • Nose
      84 84
      Creamy banana, bit of apple. Cellar-y. A bit like a light beer/some malt/grain. Buttery Irish note.
    • Taste
      80 80
      Comes in with spices. Light licorice. Banana again.
    • Finish
      81 81
      Gone immediately, but returns. Chocolatey malt, butter, light nut. Medium length.

  6. Hupsende Hippie scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Value for money is excellent
    • Nose
      Soft, caramel and a little peat
    • Taste
      Soft and sweet, vanilla, much more peat than in the nose, then the taste becomes a bit spicy and dry, with a little cocoa, but not intense. It seems a bit thin and immature to me. But for an Irish peated whisky: totally fine!

  7. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    N: This ‘sourced’ triple distilled Irish peated blended whiskey gives off caramel-y Oxo stock over raspberry & apricot jam, marg into cake mix, ham,… peat.

    T: Fairly soft at 46%, we’ve a pleasant entry with the peat picking up pace and becoming more creamy.

    F: More margarine quality and a mineralic peatiness.

    C: A decent peated Irish blend for £32, but like the Politician, competition at this at price-point is fierce.

  8. MetalMalty scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    An absolute price-performance hit.
    Incredibly full and complex on the nose and palate.

  9. Archer scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    A blend of double distilled single malt, tripple distilled peated single malt and grain whiskey. No age, bought in, which the Sliabh Liag Distillers happily admit on the banderole adorning the bottle: "We source select Irish whiskeys to create a super soft blend with the taste of Donegal whiskeys of old".
    Originally the distillery operated under the name Sliabh Liag Distillery, now the name was obviously changed to “Sliabh Liag Distillers” and the company's own distillery, which is currently under construction, called “Ardara Distillery”, will soon be producing single malt and peated (!) Single Pot Still Whiskey is to start is in the crowdfunding phase. They also hold the “An Dúlamán Gin Distillery”.
    If I had to give a tip where the peated Irish whiskey for this blend comes from, it would be the Great Northern Distillery with its unbelievable range of different varieties and its very high output.
    The Silkie The Legendary Dark is an amazingly good blend with a great balance of the respective components: Neither the peated single malt nor the grain whiskey are too dominant. At 46% he has enough strength not to just hang around on his tongue for a moment. Very promising!

    And here is another statement from the distillery owner regarding the content: “15% double distilled single malt bourbon cask, 15% heavily peated (55ppm) triple distilled single malt Sherry cask, 70% grain whiskey (maize) virgin oak, no chill filter, natural color . I source all the whiskeys from @GNDistillery. "
    • Nose
      86 86
      Pleasant and clearly recognizable smoke note, which actually tends more towards peat with a high proportion of heather and other wild herbs than towards woody and heavy peat.
      Caramel, toffee, almonds, marzipan. Appears soft and creamy, but the smoky note ensures that the nose does not drift into the overly pleasant and shallow. Ritter Sport whole milk, milk coffee.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Immediately strong and full-bodied on the tongue, dry. Nice chocolate notes, toffee, caramel, marzipan and an extra portion of almonds. The smoky note brings a varied spice with it, goes well with the chocolate and caramel notes. Although emphatically dry, you can see a creamy burst of milk coffee and hot cocoa every now and then.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Medium long and dry, chocolate-sweet, caramel-like. Honey notes still pull through, some malt shows up, spicy smoke remains until the end.

  10. whisky313 did not rate this whisky Specialist

    Sliabh Liag Distillers have taken a bold step with The Legendary Dark Silkie in reintroducing consumers to rich, smoky, peated Irish whiskey. Inspired by Donegal whiskeys of days gone by, they have sourced the finest double distilled single malts and triple distilled peated single malts with soft grain whiskey. Irish peat is used, which is heather based rather than forest based, meaning it’s sweeter and less oaky than Scottish peat.

    Nose: Fresh apple and pear with spiced dry smoke and welcoming virgin oak

    Taste: The Dark Silkie's signature softness develops to a rich salted caramel sweetness. Waves of sweet pipe tobacco, liquorice and dark chocolate give way to warm toffee and pear.

    Finish: Warming elegant finish of malty smoke and peanut butter.


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