The birth of a great brand
In the 1920s, the Cork distillery had a salesman who was famous for his generosity, Paddy Flaherty. During his travels, Paddy generally bought a round in the local pub, giving drinkers a taste for his whisky.
When the publicans ran low on stocks, they contacted the distillery asking for another case of "Paddy Flaherty's whiskey", a name that was much easier to remember than its official name, "Cork Distilleries Company Old Irish Whiskey".
So the distillery managers decided to include Paddy's name at the bottom of the bottle label. A few years later, "Paddy" was marked in big letters. The brand was born
In 1966 Cork Distilleries joined Irish Distillers, which subsequently became a subsidiary of Pernod Ricard.
An Irish speciality
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.
Its relatively low pot-still content and uniquely high proportion of malt whiskey, ensures Paddy is "One of the softest of all Ireland's whiskeys" (Jim Murray, International Whiskey Connoisseur).
During maturing in oak casks stored in dark aromatic warehouses for seven years, Paddy whiskey mellows and takes on its distinctive rich, golden colour.
Two percent of Paddy Whiskey is lost to the atmosphere during the maturing process. This evaporated whiskey has come to be called "the Angels' share".
An Irish whiskey of excellent quality, Paddy is the result of a unique composition: extremely soft, very lightly malted and spiced flavours. Well-rounded in the mouth, both mellow and powerful, it has complex spiced, fruity and toasted wood flavours.
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.
Drink Paddy neat or on the rocks, or with your choice of mixer.