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Irish Poteen Protected GI Status Irish Poteen is a European Union G.I. Protected Status Spirit                                  For Commercial users click here

 

Welcome to Knockeen Hill Ireland's only producer of a range of triple and quadruple-distilled Irish Poteens, and five-times distilled London 'Cut' Dry Gins using exclusively traditional Irish Whey spirit.

WE ARE SEEKING A US IMPORTER FOR ALL STATES. COLA AND LABEL APPROVALS HAVE ALL BEEN OBTAINED. SHOULD YOU IMPORT INTO JUST ONE STATE, WE WOULD BE PLEASED TO HEAR FROM YOU. AT THE 2012 ULTIMATE SPIRITS CHALLENGE, OUR FARMERS STRENGTH POTEEN WAS AWARDED 92 POINTS WITH THE ACCOLADE: EXCELLENT HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

Knockeen Hills also produces Heather and Elderflower London 'Cut' Dry Gins also exclusively using Irish Whey Spirit. See here for our IWSC Silver Medal Award-winning five-times distilled, ultra-premium Heather Gin and Elderflower Gin. Heather Gin was also awarded a Gold Medal at the 2011 USA BTI competition.

 

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" ©.

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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 spirits produced in Ireland, that have this EU protected and privileged status.

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.

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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. (For another insight into the ancient Irish craft of whey-based poteen, see here).

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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