Sliabh Liag Distillers celebrates Donegal's coastline with two new additions

Sliabh Liag Distillers has added to its gin collection with a navy strength variant, while also branching into vodka.

The An Dúlamán Santa Ana, Armada Strength Gin, is aged in Rioja casks, which the producer said gives the gin a slight sweetness and “beautiful rose gold hue”.

Santa Ana is available from Master of Malt and Whisky Exchange at £45 for a 50cl bottle.

Santa Ana will sit alongside the distiller’s An Dúlamán Irish Maritime Gin, both of which are “inextricably linked” to the Donegal coastline, the producer said. The name for Santa Ana comes from La Duquesa Santa Ana, an Andalusian ship which was lost in Pilip II’s ill-fated Spanish Armada conquest to invade England in 1588. The ship was wrecked off Loughros Mor, close to where the distillery is located.

The producer’s Assaranca Vodka (rsp: £30) is inspired by the Assaranca Dalls that cut through the Donegal hills, close to the distillery. The vodka celebrates the landscape and plants which grow locally.

The distillery uses a triple-distilled grain spirit which is redistilled with rowan berries in the pot and delicate gorse blossoms in the flavour basket. The finished produced in bottled at 41% abv in a 50cl clear glass bottle.

The producer said: “Assaranca Vodka has fresh sweet grassy notes on the palate leading to hints of earthy coconut water with a tamarind warmth and the softest finish. To make the most of the fragrant flavour profile, mix it long over lots of ice, garnished with mint, or in a fresh summer martini with a splash of vermouth.”

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