Happy St. Patrick’s Day! I am wearing my bright green pants not only because of St. Patrick’s Day but also in hopes that it brings me luck on my March Madness Brackets.
While one of my visits to Ireland, someone ask me if it was Boston who colored the river green in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. The answer is no, it’s not here in Boston but rather in Chicago. However, I wholeheartedly believe that Bostonians still know how to celebrate the holiday very well, so today is the perfect day for me to feature an Irish whiskey on my blog, Paddy Irish Whiskey.
Two weeks ago my boyfriend and I had the pleasure of visiting friends, Sara and Jeff, in Hawaii. Although I had heard of Paddy’s before, I had never tasted the whiskey. Jeff had a bottle and shared some with us one night. Poor Jeff had to work all day so he really deserved a dram, but so did we. Sara, Jim and I spend the day working hard on our tans and that is exhausting. After being out on the sun all day, the Paddy’s went down extremely smoothly.
Paddy was established in 1779 and is produced in Cork, Ireland. The blended whiskey is triple distilled and is matured in oak casks. Although being around for quite a long time, this whiskey didn’t get its official Paddy name till about 1913 in honor of their hardworking and well-known salesman Paddy Flaherty.
The important thing to know about this whiskey is that it will not knock your socks off, but honestly, it doesn’t have to. It is a simple and non-complex whiskey that everyone should try because sometimes we need a break from all the complex whiskies out there.
One of the things I enjoyed the most is how refreshing and simple this whiskey is. It is soft, smooth and will not scare a new whiskey drinker away.
Nose: wood, vanilla and fruit
Palate: sweet, vanilla with notes of spices
Finish: smooth and refreshing
To me, Paddy’s is an average whiskey, however it’s an average whiskey that goes a bit above average when you think about the following, it’s very drinkable. It’s an everyday sipping whiskey that you can drink on it’s own or you can mix with anything. It’s also extremely affordable, a bottle averages between $20-$25. The price point gives you the opportunity to try it without breaking the bank.
If you try it my advice to you is, don’t expect to be wowed, just expect to enjoy the simplicity and smoothness of this whiskey. It is refreshing, light and the perfect everyday whiskey. If you are a fan of Jameson, I suggest you give this a try.
PS – May you have a wonderful and safe St. Patrick’s Day. Also, good luck on your March Madness Brackets. I can’t wait to see what happens. And finally, to Sara and Jeff, thank you for being amazing friends and hosts.
Note: The contents on my blog are solely my opinion. To me every palate is different! Although I may or may not like a product, I always recommend for people to try it and make up their own minds.