- Country of Produce: Ireland
- Whiskey Type: Blend
- ABV: 46%
- Bottle Volume: 70cl
A very special limited release of Silkie, in honour of the most famous nobleman of Donegal, Red Hugh O’Donnell. The Legendary Red Silkie has been finished in Rioja and Ribera del Duero wine barrels. Red Hugh O’Donnell left Donegal in 1602 to travel to Spain to secure the support of King Philip, in a bid to reclaim his lands in Ireland. Hugh died in Simancas, near the Ribera del Duero wine region of Spain, before he could return to Donegal with his army.
This is the second release of Red Silkie, the first being in 2020. This edition of Silkie not only draws inspiration from the folklore of Donegal, but of the rich history and heritage of the county. Wines from the Ribera region tend to be full bodied with firm tannins while Rioja wines lead with big fruit flavours. This combination of wine cask finishes gives the whiskey extraordinary depth of character.
Nose: Fresh ripe red apples, clove oil, hints of drying cassia, red berry and buttery shortbread.
Palate: A creamy texture and sweetness, chocolate orange, raspberry coulis, popcorn, tarte tatin, the dry and sweet play together alternately before giving way to oak and a hint of peat smoke
Finish: Fresh, almost zesty, oaky, strawberries and toasted coconut