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I'm not a big whiskey drinker in general but on a summer break in Ireland a good few years back I managed to get a really awful cold. I didn't want to let this ruin my holiday but I was feeling pretty terrible when someone suggested a "hot toddy" and I was introduced to Paddy.
For those of you who haven't had a hot toddy there are various ways of making one. If I'm in a bar and they don't have Paddy I like one with Jameson whiskey but the first time I tried this was a shot of Paddy whiskey with hot water, a teaspoon of sugar, a slice of lemon and cloves.
I couldn't get my head around this at all and thought putting hot water in whiskey was going to be a very strange taste but it was lovely, warmed me up in minutes and also soothed my sore throat.
My dad likes the occasional glass of whiskey so I bought a bottle of Paddy for him and he really enjoys it with a couple of ice cubes. I often buy this whiskey when in Ireland as gifts and usually pick up a small bottle for myself.
Whenever I'm feeling a bit chilly or have a sore throat I will reach for the Paddy and boil the kettle and it's a real comfort drink for me. It's one to be sipped and enjoyed rather than put with a mixer and flopped!
Paddy is available in various sizes from 5cl miniatures up to 70cl bottles with a couple of sizes in between. You only seem to be able to get the various sizes online or in Ireland and in the UK it seems the 70cl bottle is the only one you might find in a supermarket. This bottle costs £17.65 in Tesco.
The bottle is clear with a mainly white label which has the name of the whiskey, the alcohol 40% ABV, the year it was first made (1779), that it is a product of Ireland and the name Paddy Flaherty who was a salesman for the whiskey company who the drink was named after.
The whiskey is triple distilled in Midleton, County Cork and made from Ireland's barley and water. When you drink it it's smooth and isn't as harsh as some whiskeys.
I know a lot of Irish whiskey drinkers who would drink no other whiskeys other than Paddy so it must be good. I'm far from a whiskey connoisseur but I know this is lovely in a hot toddy or an irish coffee (coffee, whiskey, sugar and cream).
For the whiskey connoisseurs out there the following information is taken from the paddy website:
'Nose - Fresh and lively, aromatic - a complex interplay of nutty maltiness, woodland fragrances and spice, with hints of honey and vanilla.
Taste - Mild, soft, a distinctive mellow maltiness, a touch of sweet oil, spiciness - and again those background notes of honey, vanilla, toasted wood.
Finish - A sweetness gently fading, mellow maltiness and mild woody notes linger pleasingly'
For me, Paddy is a real winter warmer and I always like to have a bottle. I find it doesn't leave an after taste which I get if I try many whiskey's. This whiskey is definitely one to try if you haven't already. For enjoyment or medicinal purposes :)
Paddy Old Irish Whiskey has been produced since 1779 by the Cork Distillers Company, Paddy owes its name to a well known company salesman, Paddy Flaherty, who spread the reputation of this remarkable whiskey well beyond the coasts of Ireland. The triple distillation process of this particularly smooth whiskey uses only the finest barley and the purest water from Ireland's lush countryside. Long years spent maturing in Oak Casks gives Paddy its final incomparable flavour. Enjoy it straight, on the rocks or with a mixer.