Poitín

Poitín

Poitín, the Irish Moonshine, is the most Irish of drinks and could be described as a neat spirit distilled from whatever was at hand. More specifically the word refers to a strong spirit (on par with German schnapps) made from potatoes.

Produced for centuries in moonshine stills up and down the country by tax-conscious enthusiasts. Today a version of poitín (or poteen) can be bought legally and with fewer associated health hazards in most off-licenses.