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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




The first legal poteen (the Irish government dropped its objections to the term in 1997) is now on the UK's shelves. Hailing from Co. Waterford, its a triple-distilled grain spirit. Bottled at three strengths, this is the lightest but still packs a punch.  

Colour/Nose: Clear. Nose of sugared almond and vanilla and, with water, a tangerine apple lift.                                                

Palate: Sweet as a nut. Lemon/cake flavours with menthol tingle. Dry on finish; touch of butter.                                                                                                

Conclusion: Miles away from the past illegal hooch, this is sophisticated spirit. Careful though.

RATING: ***(*)*                           ABV: 60%  £14.99 @ WTS

The above review appeared in the edition dated March 2002.