Review #162 – Paddy Irish Whiskey (Bottled 1977)

Review #162 – Paddy Irish Whiskey (Bottled 1977)

Review #: 162
Description: Paddy Irish Whiskey (Bottled 1977)
Spirit: Irish Whiskey

Background: Part of the Irish Distiller’s portfolio and distilled at the Midleton Distillery.  This particular whiskey was bottled in 1977 which a friend graciously shared with me.  Nowadays, Paddy Irish Whiskey is still around but the brand is owned by Sazerac.  Let’s take a dip in to the past 

Distillery – Midleton

Bottler – Midleton

Brand – Paddy

Selection – N/A

ABV – 40%

Age – NAS

Nose – Sourdough, butterscotch candy, musty pipe tobacco, almost a light wintergreen/menthol freshness
Taste – Butterscotch, vanilla, mild caramel, some gingersnap cookie, licorice.  Despite the notes, it’s really not that sweet.  Kind of muted and one-dimensional
Finish – A bit of ginger, menthol, black tea, licorice, touch of oak.  Otherwise, short and fleeting.

Score: 4
Would I buy a bottle? No, especially since obviously auction is the only way

Thoughts: This was super interesting to try and I am very thankful for the chance.  The nose was really interesting and not like any of the current, standard offering Irish blends I could think of.  Ultimately, it seems like even in the 70s, available irish whiskies were a bit watery and one dimensional.

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