Irish Poteen is a European Union G.I. Protected Status Spirit For consumers click here
Welcome to Knockeen Hills, proud producer of Ireland's only triple and quadrupled-distilled range of Poteens.
Después de su presentación por Knockeen Hills al Gobierno de Irlanda, al Poteen irlandés le fue conferido el rango protegido de ‘Indicación Geográfica’ por el parlamento de regulación de la Unión Europea y por el Concejo de la Unión Europea en Julio 2007. Para información detallada busque en la Regulación (EC) No110/2008 del Concejo del 15 de Enero del 2008 la definición, descripción, presentación, etiquetaje y protección de las indicaciones geográficas de los licores y en la Regulación de revocación (EEC) No 1576/8. El Poteen Irlandés, la Crema Irlandesa (Irish Cream) y el Whisky Irlandés son los únicos licores producidos en Irlanda que pertenecen a este rango protegido y privilegiado por la Unión Europea.
Irish Poteen in its legal form over the past 15 years, has achieved world-wide acceptance, as a separate category of Irish Spirit. There now remain only two family-owned Irish Poteen brands. Knockeen Hills is recognised internationally, as the Irish premium deluxe brand, being either triple or quadruple-distilled. It has won over 10 major awards at the International Wine and Spirit Competitions. These are incorporated within our face labels design, thus reassuring consumers of the premium quality of our entire product range. All in the range have won a minimum of SILVER MEDAL (Best in Class).
We support a policy of responsible drinking, and that as part of our commitment, as a producer we do not advertise our brand, take part in advertorials, and oppose any use of our brand as 'shooters or shots'.
Irish Poteen has been produced for several centuries and for nearly the last 300 years has been referred to as Ireland's Moonshine spirit. During the period 1666 until recently, in various forms it has been illegal to sell it in Ireland.
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. However no cow was ever known to be confiscated, hence its milk was frequently used in the spirit making process, and our poteens follow that centuries old tradition (more). We apologise for labelling errors on some bottle advising that grain sprit is used.
It was not until 1997 that all restrictions were lifted and Irish Poteen could be sold on the mainland in Ireland.
Whilst within the last 20 years several illicit stills were producing limited quantities, the raids carried out by the Garda (Irish Police) have reduced this to a few. With the recent discovery of dead rats in some of the mash that has been confiscated, few people will now drink illegal poteen, despite the substantial saving on the Irish Excise Duty!
We trust you will find useful information on this site, and the navigation bar on your left should provide you with helpful information but please do not hesitate to contact us if we can assist further.
Knockeen Hills is the only Irish Poteen produced in the sector using exclusively Irish Whey Spirit and is a product of Ireland. We apologise for errors on some labels, describing it as still being produced in Waterford and using grain spirit. The taste remains the same. Slainte!