Poitin, (pronounced "potcheen"), is one of the oldest distilled beverages in the world. It was first made in Ireland around 584AD with expertise and reverence by Irish monks like St. Kevin. However, in 1661 it was outlawed by King Charles II, forcing poitin into the wilderness and over the next few hundred years it lived in whispered infamy, hidden in the dark cupboards of Irish households. Using the old poitin recipe passed down through generations, Glendalough has meticulously crafted this Irish mountain spirit. Glendalough starts the process by slowly fermenting the malted barley and sugar beet for over 72 hours, it is then distilled in small batches and finally the distillate is transferred in virgin Irish oak casks for aging.
Glendalough Sherry Cask Finish Poitin is a rich, full-flavored spirit which has been subjected to a secondary maturation in Spanish Sherry Casks. The result is a Poitin of striking complexity, melding sulfurous marine notes with subtle sweetness. The nose of intense fruit, vanilla and spice is accented by faint zest of orange peel, raisin, and malt. The rich, full-bodied palate displays flavors of dried apricot, roasted nuts, cracked pepper, vanilla and dried fruit. Hints of vanilla oil, toasted oak and sea salt linger through the long, warm finish.