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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 Hills, proud producer of Ireland's only triple and quadrupled-distilled range of Poteens.It also produces Heather and Elderflower London 'Cut' Dry Gins 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 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 or shots'.



Irish Poteen has been produced for several centuries and for nearly the last 300 years has been 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. Avoiding any of these tell-tale signs that poteen was being produced and with it the risk of prosecution/fines/imprisonment, meant producers could work more freely without worry.

Therefore, as no cow was ever known to have been confiscated, hence its milk was frequently used in the spirit making process, and our poteens follow that centuries old tradition more. An extract from Wickipedia appears here.

It was not until 1997 that all restrictions were lifted and Irish Poteen could be sold on the mainland 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!

We trust you will find useful information on this site, and the navigation bar on your left should provide you with helpful information but please do not hesitate to contact us if we can assist further.


Knockeen Hills is the only Irish Poteen produced in the sector using exclusively Irish Whey Spirit and is a product of Ireland. We apologise for errors on some labels, describing it as still being produced in Waterford and using grain spirit. Slainte!

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