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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 after taste 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!


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