Family Lore & Tradition
At least 12 generations of the Walsh family are known to have farmed on the foothills of Croagh Patrick in Mayo.
The earliest available census from 1901 records a family of 9 in a two-roomed thatched cottage, quaintly described as “second class”. The head of the household, my great grandfather Patrick, listed his occupation as a tenant farmer, rather that his actual vocation of Poitin maker, for which he had a first class reputation throughout the County of Mayo.
A tradition passed on through multiple generations. The small family farm adjoins the commonage on the often mist-shrouded mountain, which would have hidden the smoke of the turf-fired copper still. If detected by Revenue, all he had to do was jump over his wall. Patrick is believed to have been incarcerated and charged with illicit distillation on several occasions, but no record of any conviction can be found.
My late father – also Patrick – often reminisced about hiding bottles in the cabbage patch as a child whenever a raid was rumoured. He would have been immensely proud to see the family tradition acknowledged and finally legal.
Located in the old St. Patrick’s Woollen Mills, in Douglas, Cork, we believe that our company is a confluence of serendipity, tradition, modern technology and a worldwide appetite for authentic products, people and experiences.
Our “Spirit” is a homage to my forebears and their endeavours.
- Cyril Walsh, Co-Founder -
Taste the Difference
Our goal is to produce spirits of character, taste and personality. Most of the spirits we consume today are produced from grains, as they contain high levels of easily converted sugars. We have instead chosen potato as the alcohol base for our Vodka and Gins because of its unique natural sweetness, and its amazing versatility.
As potato has just 20% available dry starch matter, this makes the process much more expensive, but more than compensates for the extra time and effort with its unique taste, aroma and smoother mouth-feel.
Using small batch artisanal methods, we produce 100% Potato Vodka and a variety of Potato Gins. The added feature of a grain-free distillation is that it’s also naturally gluten-free.
We source New Make and Mature Whiskeys from a number of other Irish distilleries, and mature in carefully hand-selected oak casks in our bonded warehouse until ready for blending and bottling. This rare flexibility affords us the opportunity to patiently curate, nurture and craft our very own signature whiskeys. All of our whiskeys commence maturation in first-fill bourbon barrels, finished in either port, sherry, rum or cognac casks.