Poitín was the origin of the species, the original “water of life”. Before there was whiskey, there was poitín. It’s Ireland’s gift to the world, one of the first spirits ever to be distilled.This is a craft, small batch distilled Poitin from Glendalough Distillery. Unusually for a poitin this has been aged for a short period in virgin Irish oak casks.
Earliest records from 584AD show that Poitín was first made with expertise and reverence by Irish monks, like St. Kevin. Over fourteen centuries ago, Ireland was a wild and primitive place and distilling was alchemy. Kings from across Europe would write to Irish monks asking for a batch of the good stuff. Eventually knowledge spread throughout the land about how to make this mysterious “uisce beatha”. Every area had their renowned makers and it thrived for a thousand years or so.
In 1661 it was outlawed by King Charles. This forced poitín into the illicit wilderness. Until now. Glendalough heralds a renaissance in poitín distilling and brings it back towards its rightful place as an expertly crafted spirit with a long shadow and a unique history.
Traditionally made from malted barley, sugar beet and potatoes. Distilled with expertise, reverence and craft, distillers reputations were made or broken on the quality of their spirit, using various styles and methods.
Food and Wine Magazine, 2014
'There's gentle fruit on the nose, which leads on to a well-integrated flavour with a mild touch of spice, enlivened by a gentle citric kick on the finish. Splash it into a tumbler full of ice cubes and enjoy it neat.'
1 x 70cl in Presentation Gift Box