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Irish Poteen Protected GI Status 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 Irish Whey Spirit triple and quadruple-distilled range of Poteens.

WE ARE SEEKING A US IMPORTER FOR ALL STATES. C.O.L.A. AND LABEL REGULATORY APPROVALS HAVE ALL BEEN OBTAINED. IF YOU ONLY IMPORT INTO JUST ONE STATE WE WOULD BE PLEASED TO HEAR FROM YOU. STOCK CAN BE DELIVERED IN TIME FOR ST. PATRICKS DAY ON THE 17TH MARCH. AT THE 2012 ULTIMATE SPIRITS CHALLENGE, OUR FARMERS STRENGTH POTEEN WAS AWARDED 92 POINTS WITH THE ACCOLADE :EXCELLENT HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. ALSO AVAILABLE, ARE BOTH FIVE-TIMES DISTILLED LONDON 'CUT 'HEATHER GIN AWARDED A GOLD MEDAL AT THE BEVERAGE TASTING COMPETITION, AND ELDERFLOWER LONDON 'CUT' DRY GIN. BOTH WERE AWARDED SILVER MEDALS AT THE INTERNATIONAL WINE AND SPIRIT COMPETIONS.

 

Following a submission by Knockeen Hills Poteen to the Government of Ireland, Irish Poteen was conferred 'Geographical Indicative' spirit protected status, by Regulation of the EU Parliament and EU Council in July 2007. For full details see Regulation (EC) No 110/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 15 January 2008 on the definition, description, presentation, labelling and the protection of geographical indications of spirit drinks and repealing Council Regulation (EEC) No 1576/8 Irish Poteen, Irish Cream, and Irish Whiskey, are the only two other spirits produced in Ireland, that have this EU protected and privileged status.

Knockeen Hills Irish Poteen in its legal form over the past 20 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-distilled. It has won over 15 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'.

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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. When Cromwell invaded Ireland, attempts were made to ensure the population purchased only Crown whiskey and gin which was heavily taxed to pay for the costs of the invasion. To coerce the population, when any homeowner was found to keep surplius grain or barley, their homes could be burnt down. Farmers then realised they could make spirit from whey, and many households commenced keeping cows. 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.

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!

It 1997 all restrictions were lifted and Irish Poteen could be sold on the mainland in Ireland.

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