2006 International Wine & Spirit Competition. SILVER Medal (Best in Class). Traditional Irish Whey Distillate solely used.
Distillate. The Traditional Irish Whey Distillate 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 pureists. Like the less strong poteens in this range, it is remarkably smooth very versatile in making smooth cocktails and has no 'after taste' burn.
In 1997 the illegal status was removed by the Irish Government. In 2007 the EU conferred 'Geographical Indicative' protective status to Irish Poteen.
Irish Poteen has been produced for several centuries and for nearly the last 300 years has been referred to as Ireland's Moonshine spirit. It achieved notoriety when home production was made illegal during the reign of Oliver Cromwell, to coerce the Irish population to buy inferior Crown Whiskey which had high taxes, to pay for the English costs of its war against Ireland and its occupation.
In the 15th and 16th Century, Crown Agents, and in later times the Garda, could impose heavy fines and confiscate farm machinery where sacks of grain or barley were found that they decided were intended to be used to produce a mash and subsequently poteen. Avoiding any of these tell-tale signs that poteen was being produced and with it the risk of prosecution/fines/imprisonment, meant producers could work more freely without worry.
Therefore, as no cow was ever known to have been confiscated, hence its milk was frequently used in the spirit making process, and our poteens follow that centuries old tradition.
Kosher Properties: : All contents meet the requirements for being considered Kosher, except for Passover.
Knockeen Hills Poteen Review
by Ian Reilly | Jul 18, 2012
Until last week, I'd never met Irish poteen. Which makes sense, considering it's only recently been legalized in Ireland. And I live in America. This spirit, that the Irish have been distilling for centuries, has only been available for commercial purchase in Ireland for fifteen years. Which may seem like a while, but in the world of spirits, it's nothing. It's like poteen just finished serving a hefty prison sentence and joined the outside world. Which, after drinking it, seems fitting.
The first thing you need to know about Knockeen Hills' Irish Poteen is the first thing I didn't know before taking a big swig - it's 90 percent alcohol by volume. That's 180 proof. Which is about 10 less than your average college punch-spiking Everclear. It's a sipping whiskey, so long as you only mean one sip. So if you've ever wanted to get your hands on a bottle of Irish moonshine without those pesky legal troubles and methanol blindness, look no further. Here it is. (For the record, Knockeen Hills also makes a 120 and 140 proof spirit. Which we brazenly ignored.)
This stuff is wild, and a little bit goes a long way. In fact, here's some footage of my first encounter with poteen -
Ian Drinks Poteen.
On the nose, Knockeen Hills Poteen Irish whey distillate is rich, sweet, malty and floral, with hints of melon and citrus. It's really flavourful, and also quite potent. Sipped straight, these bold aromas nearly disappear into heat and a sensation I can best describe as ethereal. I think I absorbed as much poteen through osmosis as I actually swallowed, and I quickly learned why Knockeen Hills expressly discourages shooting their product. So for round two, I tried cutting that poteen with a nice dose of water. The bouquet remained, and I was able to enjoy it more leisurely. And for one last experiment, I combined a half ounce of poteen with juiced nectarines and lemons. The poteen was mostly neutralized by the fresh fruit and citrus, but it got the job done.
So what does all this mean to the cocktail enthusiast? Well, poteen could be treated like absinthe, prepared with a helping of water and sugar. Or it could be used sparingly in boisterous long drinks. But more than either option, I can't wait to use poteen to make some potable bitters. But hey, whatever your bent, poteen is pure potential, so get out there and mix. Just remember: 180 proof.
Knockeen Hills - www.irish-poteen.com