In 1882, a young Patrick J. O’Flaherty joined the Cork Distilleries Company as a traveller. Paddy covered an area stretching from Youghal to Mallow selling the rather unwieldy named ‘Cork Distilleries Company Old Irish Whiskey’ As Paddy travelled from pub to pub by train and car, he always drew a crowd, as it was well known that this most generous of fellows would always stand you a round. This was an ingenious way of ensuring everyone got a taste for the Cork Distillery Company’s Old Irish whiskey and put pressure on the publicans to keep it in stock. When publicans ran low on stocks, they wrote to the distillery asking for another case of ‘Paddy Flaherty’s whiskey’. The name stuck so much so that in 1912, Cork Distilleries officially changed the name of the whiskey to Paddy Irish Whiskey. Paddy Whiskey is distilled three times from the finest quality barley and water. This ensures a whiskey, which is particularly light, well balanced and pure.
The nose is fresh and lively, aromatic – a complex interplay of nutty maltiness, woodland fragrances and spice, with hints of honey and vanilla. Mild, soft, a distinctive mellow maltiness, a touch of sweet oil, spiciness – and again those background notes of honey, vanilla, toasted wood. A sweetness gently fading, mellow maltiness and mild woody notes lingering pleasingly.