Irish Poteen is a European Union G.I. Protected Status Spirit For commercial users click here
Welcome to Knockeen Hills, proud producer of Ireland's only Irish Whey Spirit triple and quadruple-distilled range of Poteens.
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.
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.
The 'Technical file setting out the Specifications with which Irish Poteen/Irish Poitin must comply' was submitted to the EU Commission on the 20th Februray 2015. The specifications state that 'Products which were continually in production, from 1997, which are traditionallly distilled at a strength above 94.7% by volume may continue to be placed on the market as Irish Poteen/Irish Poitin' .
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.
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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