Irish Poteen is a European Union G.I. Protected Status Spirit For commercial users click here
irish Poteen (poitin) has now been awarded Geographical Indicitive Status (G.I) by the E.U.
Knockeen Hills Poteen products are the only ones authorised to continue to use distillate exceeding 94.7% by volume, as they meet the requirements of S.8 of the Technical File dated 21st July 2015, setting out the specifications with which Irish Poteen/Irish Poitin must comply, which includes being first produced before 1997. The Government of Ireland Stautory Instrument No. 316 of 2015 dated 21st July 2015 is the additional authority. All brands not meeting these requirement are limited to using distillate not exceeding 94.7% vol.
Additionally, to meet labelling requirements of S.8 all our poteen products which have an abv of over 70% will have additional information on labels to advise consumers of the strength of the product.
Kockeen Hills Irish Poteens are the only products using exclusively Irish whey 96% vol. distillate, which provides a unique smooth delivery of the spirit on the palate, and a minimum of 99.9% of all ingredients are sourced in Ireland.
All products in the range have been awarded a minimum Silver Medal (Best in Class) by the International Wine & Spirit Competition.
"Irish Poteen/Irish Poitin is now exported to numerous countries worldwide, with exports expected to grow to 1 million cases by 2025".
Extract from the 'TECHNICAL FILE SETTING OUT THE SPECIFICATIONS WITH WHICH IRISH POTEEN/IRISH POITIN MUST COMPLY' dated 20th February 2015, submitted by the Food Industry Development Division, Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine, Dublin, Ireland, to the EU Commission for registration.
The level of expected exports, was calculated by The Irish Spirits Association, who drew up the Draft Technical File, at the request of the Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine, Dublin, Ireland.
This review by Raymond Blake, of Knockeen Hills 60% vol Triple-Distilled "Farmer's Strength" Poteen and 90% vol Gold Extra-Strength Quadruple-Distilled Poteen, first appeared in FOOD & WINE Magazine (Ireland's food and wine Bible), November 2014 issue:
"Knockeen Hills was reviewed in FOOD & WINE back in 2002 and enjoys daddy-of-them-all status in the world of poitin. This "Farmer's Strength" is aptly named: a sharp arresting nose with a slight pungent snap will wake up the sleepiest of nostrils and alert the palate to the uncompromising flavour to come. There's a no-holds-barred quality to this tipple. No for beginners, perhaps, but worthy of afficionados' attention. And if you like this then be sure to try the quadruple-distilled Gold Extra-Strength" ©.
Knockeen Hills also produces Heather and Elderflower London 'Cut' Dry Gins also exclusively using Irish Whey Spirit. Both products have been awarded a Silver Medal at the InternationalWine & Spirit Competition, with the Heather Gin awarded a Gold Medal at the USA Beverage Tasting Institute.
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', 'shots' or discounted products designed to encourage over-consumption.
Irish Poteen has been produced for several centuries and for nearly the last 300 years has been frequently 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. Hiding such tell-tale signs meant that poteen produces would work withot the risk of prosecution, fines and imprisonment.
As no cow was ever known to have been confiscated, milk was frequently used in the spirit-making process. Our poteens proudly follow that centuries-old tradition.
It was not until 1997 that all restrictions were lifted and Irish Poteen could be sold 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!
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