THE CODE OF THE QUIET MAN
No one is born a gentleman, it’s a status we simply acquire over time. If we are encouraged by good people with strong values we stand a greater chance of making the grade. In a lifetime spent working behind the bar, John Mulgrew stayed true to the barman’s code and told no tales. He also stayed true to his own code and did no harm to anyone and reached out to help where he could. It was that greater code that truly defined him as a gentleman.
Hi, my name’s Ciaran Mulgrew. I’m the founder of The Quiet Man. You may be wondering where that name comes from. Well, therein lies a tale…
My father, John Mulgrew, spent 50 years working as a barman in the pubs of Belfast. Sometimes he took me to work with him.
I remember the smell of the whiskey and the craic and the laughter. Even back then I was proud of my father. He had this quiet way about him which people seemed to respect.
A bartender sees a lot of things and hears a lot of stories, but
my father told no tales. It was the barman’s code, and he took
So when I started making my own whiskey many years later, there was only one person I could name it after: my auld fella, John Mulgrew, The Quiet Man, or as we say in Irish, ‘An Fear Ciuin’.
Since these beginnings, we’ve been honored by awards and medals across the globe, from the USA, Europe, China, and of course, at home in Ireland.
To this day The Quiet Man remains Irish owned and operated, and proudly independent, just like our fathers taught us to be.