Description: Not for beginners perhaps but worthy for aficionados attention. Like the Farmers Strength, then try this excellent one.
2006 International Wine & Spirit Competition. SILVER Medal (Best in Class). Traditional Irish Whey Distillate solely used.
Distillate. The96.0% vol. Irish Whey Distillate used results in a totally unique and remarkably soft delivery of the spirit on the palate, and an outstanding smooth finish. Knockeen Hills has achieved outstanding provenance as they are the only Irish Poteens produced, using Irish Whey dIstilled spirit.
Nose. Densely fruity, immediately attractive and appealing citrus zest mingles with summer fruit aromas. At various times melon, pear drops, grape fruit, raspberry and boiled sweets emerge.
Taste. With plenty of water this makes a refreshing long drink. Drunk neat, this exceptionally very high volume quadruple distilled Irish spirit naturally provides an overwhelming kick and is certainly not recommended to ever take it in this fashion! However, when substantially diluted with the usual range of mixers the complexity is overwhelming, as is the case, when used as a substitute cocktail spirit base. It is truly in a category of its own. See http://www.irish-poteen.com/consumer/cons_cocktails.html
Flavour: Warming and peppery, the initial shock subsides and a balanced fruitiness shows through. With water the middle taste is longer and reveals more fruit.
Finish. Long lingering and warming, with a dry and spicy tail.
Overview. It has all the characteristics of old fashioned Irish Poteen and would be appreciated by purists. Like the less strong poteens in this range, it is remarkably smooth very versatile in making smooth cocktails and has no 'after taste' burn.
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Poteen (Poitin) for nearly 300 years was known as Ireland's moonshine whiskey. Irish Whiskey- (anglicised as putcheen) or formerly potheen. The term is a diminutive of the word pota 'a pot'; Poitin was traditionally distilled in a small pot. For centuries, Poitin has been produced in pot-stills under the bright moon, and because of this, earned its name as 'The Shine' or 'Moonshine'. The home-brew was strong, some brands were as strong as 70% volume, and had a distinctive dry grainy flavour with a delicate aftertaste that became sweeter as it developed. Some rural Irish people still pour it on wounds and sores as they believe it to have disinfectant properties, and with as high an alcohol volume as it has, it probably does!
Now Irish Poteen has been recognised as a heritage based spirit in its own right and has been awarded Geographical Indicative Status (G.I.) by the EU. Distillates used can be up to 94.7% vol. However, those products made 20 years ago, and in continuous production since then may use an even higher strength distillate, providing an even high level of purity. Only one brand being Knockeen Hills, which is also the only one exclusively using Irish whey distillate, resulting in a unique very soft delivery on the palate is currently in this category, and The Drink Shop is pleased to offer their full range. All products in the range have been awarded at least a Silver Medal (Best in Class) by the I.W.S.C. and a total of 15 medals. Slainte!