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Poitín

Poitín is Ireland’s most ancient spirit and is often referred to as Ireland’s mezcal, cachaça, grappa and, most commonly, moonshine. The word is a diminutive of the Irish word pota, which means ‘pot’, and is a spirit with something of a dark and chequered history. For this reason it has always carried an element of intrigue.

Traditionally poitín is created using grain or potatoes as a base, which are made into a wash to be distilled in a homemade copper still. Open turf fires are then used to heat the still, before a corn flour and oatmeal paste is applied to seal the still joints to avoid alcohol loss. In order to determine the cut points, the distiller would throw a sample of the spirit onto the still and observe if it caught fire.

The earliest official records, at the time of writing, reveal that the first place poitín was distilled was in early Irish monastic settlements like Glendalough in the sixth century AD. Despite its heavy association with monks, the Church and the government took a very dim view of the spirit, and soon major legislative crackdowns on poitín production were commonplace.

After centuries of vilification and illicit distilation in hiding, legal production for export purposes was finally made legal in Ireland in 1987. Initially this was just for Oliver Dillon, from Bunratty Winery, but in 1989 the law was expanded. It wasn't until 1997 that the Irish Revenue Commissioners finally allowed the drink to be sold for consumption within Ireland. In 2008 it was granted Geographical Indicative Status by the EU.

Bán Poitín

70cl, 48%
Ban Potin

A new edition of Bán Poitín, released in 2015 at 48% ABV. They use a combination of potatoes, malted barley and sugar beets to create this intense Irish spirit. Poitín was banned in Ireland in the…  More info

Bán Poitín
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$37.15

Bán Poitín Barrelled and Buried

70cl, 47.2%
Ban Potin

A limited edition bottling from Bán Poitín, made using a combination of potatoes, malted barley and sugar beets. What they've done here is take their traditional Irish spirit and fill it into barrels…  More info

Bán Poitín Barrelled and Buried
$47.96
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Glendalough Poitín Mountain Strength (55%)

50cl, 55%
Glendalough

Taking inspiration from the classic Irish spirit, Glendalough have created a high-strength variation of their own Poitín (though at a slightly lower ABV than a previous Mountain Strength expression).  More info

Glendalough Poitín Mountain Strength (55%)
$33.09

John O'Connell's Small Batch Poitín

35cl, 72%
John O'Connell's

Named for the O’Connell family who've been distilling illicit poitín for seven generations, this small batch legal bottling is made with local barley, sugar beet and spring water.  More info

John O'Connell's Small Batch Poitín
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$31.84

Knockeen Hills Irish Poteen Gold Strength 50cl

50cl, 70%
Knockeen Hills

Irish Poteen from one of the most well known producers of the traditional spirit - Knockeen Hills. This is their Gold Strength expression, which comes bottled at a weighty 70% ABV.  More info

Knockeen Hills Irish Poteen Gold Strength 50cl
$42.73
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Glendalough Poitín

70cl, 40%
Glendalough

The Glendalough distillers in Ireland have only gone and made their own Poitin! Rather intriguingly, they allow their Poitin to be aged in virgin oak casks before bottling...  More info

Glendalough Poitín
$34.25
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Glendalough Poitín Mountain Strength

70cl, 60%
Glendalough

A higher-strength bottling of Glendalough's Poitin. Presented at a robust 60% ABV, this classic (and intense) Irish spirit shows off notes of dark fruit and sweet vanilla.  More info

Glendalough Poitín Mountain Strength
$42.52
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Glendalough Poitín Sherry Cask Finished

70cl, 40%
Glendalough

This Glendalough Poitin is made using malted barley and sugar beet, and interestingly is allowed to mature in oak casks! Even more interestingly, the Irish distillers have treatedthis particular…  More info

Glendalough Poitín Sherry Cask Finished
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$35.33
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Knockeen Hills Irish Poteen Farmer's Strength

70cl, 60%
Knockeen Hills

Irish Poteen or Poitín was outlawed in Ireland in the 17th century and it was only in the late 1990s that this finally changed. Often thought of as 'Irish moonshine' it can be made from grain or…  More info

Knockeen Hills Irish Poteen Farmer's Strength

Knockeen Hills Irish Poteen Farmer's Strength 50cl

50cl, 60%
Knockeen Hills

A 50cl bottle of Knockeen Hills' Irish Poteen Farmer's Strength, which is interestingly made using whey (instead of the more common grain or potato) and has been bottled at a generous 60% ABV. This…  More info

Knockeen Hills Irish Poteen Farmer's Strength 50cl
$35.91
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Knockeen Hills Irish Poteen Gold Extra-Strength

70cl, 90%
Knockeen Hills

A stupendously strong, quadruple distilled offering from Knockeen Hills at 90%abv! At this strength one can imagine why Irish Poteen (pronounced 'putcheen') was outlawed back in the 17th century! One…  More info

Knockeen Hills Irish Poteen Gold Extra-Strength
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$71.14
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Knockeen Hills Irish Poteen Gold Extra-Strength 50cl

50cl, 90%
Knockeen Hills

Particularly potent Irish Poteen here from Knockeen Hills. This example of the traditional Irish spirit has been bottled at 90% ABV, so use very sparingly and with plenty of your favourite mixer for…  More info

Knockeen Hills Irish Poteen Gold Extra-Strength 50cl
$59.72
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Knockeen Hills Irish Poteen Gold Strength

70cl, 70%
Knockeen Hills

Irish Poteen or Poitín is a traditional Irish spirit that was granted Geographical Indicative Status in 2008. Sometimes referred to as 'Irish moonshine', it had previously been illegal since the 17th…  More info

Knockeen Hills Irish Poteen Gold Strength
$51.02
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Micil Irish Poitín

50cl, 44%
Micil

Micil Irish Poitín comes to us from the beautiful coastal city of Galway on the west coast of Ireland. The spirit itself is grain-based, and flavoured with bogbean to give it a softly floral, spicy…  More info

Micil Irish Poitín
$32.66
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Teeling Poitín

50cl, 61.5%
Teeling

Poitin, or Poteen, is the legendary, and perhaps infamous, Irish spirit which was illegal in Ireland for many years. Teeling's delicious Poitin is a blend of 80% triple-distilled corn spirit, and 20%…  More info

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Teeling Spirit of Dublin Irish Poitín

50cl, 52.5%
Teeling

The first spirit released from the Teeling Whiskey Distillery in Dublin is this superb Poitín - Teeling's take on this infamous and once-illegal traditional Irish spirit. Distilled in copper pot…  More info

Teeling Spirit of Dublin Irish Poitín
$34.36
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