Family Lore & Tradition

The History

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.

The proof is in the bottle.
Appreciated by many.

Awards

Silver Medal

October 2015
Blas na hÉireann Awards,
for Potato Elderflower Gin.

Silver Medal

October 2015
Blas na hÉireann Awards,
for Oak Aged Irish Whiskey.

Bronze Medal

October 2015
Blas na hÉireann Awards,
for Potato Classic Juniper Gin.

Gold Medal

October 2015
Irish Whiskey Awards,
for Potato Vodka.

Bronze Medal

October 2015
Blas na hÉireann Awards,
for Potato Classic Juniper Gin.

Gold Cup Winner

July 2016
C2C Spirits Cup, Germany,
for Potato Elderflower Gin.

Silver Medal

October 2016
Blas na hÉireann Awards,
for Potato Elderflower Gin.

Silver Medal

October 2016
Blas na hÉireann Awards,
for Oak Aged Irish Whiskey.

Winner

October 2016
Irish Whiskey Awards,
Best Irish Cask Strength Whiskey.

Bronze Medal

October 2016
C2C Spirits Cup, Germany,
for Oak Aged Irish Whiskey.

Bronze Medal

October 2016
C2C Spirits Cup, Germany,
for Single Malt Irish Whiskey.

Gold Medal

October 2016
C2C Spirits Cup, Germany,
for Cask Strength Irish Whiskey.

Finalist

October 2017
Blas na hÉireann Awards,
for Irish Cask Strength Whiskey.

Finalist

October 2017
Blas na hÉireann Awards,
for Moonshine.

Silver Medal

July 2018
International Wine & Spirit (IWSC),
for Potato Vodka.

Silver Medal

July 2018
International Wine & Spirit (IWSC),
for Potato Classic Juniper Gin.

Silver Medal

July 2018
International Wine & Spirit (IWSC),
for Potato Extra Dry Gin.

Silver Medal

October 2018
Blas na hÉireann Awards,
for 7 Year Old Irish Whiskey.

Gold Medal

October 2019
Blas na hÉireann Awards,
for 10 Year Old Irish Whiskey.

Gold Medal

October 2019
Blas na hÉireann Awards,
for Irish Cream Liqueur.

Silver Medal

October 2020
Blas na hÉireann Awards,
for 7 Year Old Irish Whiskey.

Silver Medal

May 2021
London Spirits Competition,
for Oak Aged Irish Whiskey.

Silver Medal

May 2021
London Spirits Competition,
for 7 Year Old Irish Whiskey.

Silver Medal

May 2021
London Spirits Competition,
for Single Malt, Cognac Cask Finish.

Silver Medal

May 2021
London Spirits Competition,
for Irish Cream Liqueur.

Silver Medal

May 2021
London Spirits Competition,
for Salted Caramel Irish Cream Liqueur.

Bronze Medal

May 2021
London Spirits Competition,
for Potato Vodka.

Gold Medal

June 2021
International Wine & Spirit (IWSC),
Gold Outstanding Medal (98 pt),
for Peated Single Malt Irish Whiskey.

Silver Medal

June 2021
International Wine & Spirit (IWSC),
for 10 Year Old Irish Whiskey.

Bronze Medal

June 2021
International Wine & Spirit (IWSC),
for Cognac Cask Finished Single Malt Irish Whiskey.

Milestones

The Beginning

April 2014
Company Incorporated An Práta ion Teoranta.

The Name

August 2014
Company renamed – St. Patrick’s Distillery Limited.

Vodka & Classic Gin Launch

April 2015
Launched Potato Vodka & Potato Classic Juniper Gin.

Gins Range Launch

May 2015
Launched Potato Sloe & Honey, Potato Elderflower and Potato Extra Dry Gin.

Oak Aged Irish Whiskey Launch

July 2015
Launched Oak Aged Irish Whiskey.

Export to Germany

November 2015
First Export order to Germany.

Origin Green

June 2016
Awarded Origin Green Status.

Export to USA

October 2016
First Export order to USA

Export to Russia

December 2016
First Export order to Russia - including our Gold Medal Award Winning Potato Vodka.

Guaranteed Irish

March 2017
Approved as a
Guaranteed Irish member.

Export to UK

March 2017
First Export order to UK.

Export to Canada

June 2017
First Export to Canada.

PUB19 Exhibition

February 2019
Launch in UK - PUB19 Exhibition with Moonshine Inc Ltd.

Distillery of the Year

February 2019
Irish Spirit Distillery of the Year,
AI Global Media.

Export to China

March 2019
First Export to China.

Most Outstanding Distillery

May 2019
2019’s Most Outstanding
Spirits Distillery in Ireland,
CV Magazine / The Corporate Excellence Awards

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