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Irish Poteen Protected GI Status El aguardiente irlandés, llamado ‘Irish Poteen’ esta bajo la protección de rango de licores de la Unión Europea.                                 


Welcome to Knockeen Hills, proud producer of Ireland's only Irish Whey Spirit triple and quadruple-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.


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.


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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