Historically, Irish Poteen has been produced for over 300 years. It achieved notoriety when home production was made illegal during the reign of Oliver Cromwell, to coerce the Irish population to buy inferior Crown Whiskey which had high taxes, to pay for the English costs of its war against Ireland and its occupation. In 1997 the illegal status was removed by the Irish Government. In 2007 the EU conferred 'Geographical Indicative' protective status to Irish Poteen.
Colour - Clear.
Nose: Densely fruity, immediately attractive and appealing citrus zest mingles with summer fruit aromas. At various times melon, pear drops, grape fruit, raspberry and boiled sweets emerge.
Taste: With plenty of water this makes a refreshing long drink. Drunk neat, this exceptionally very high volume quadruple distilled Irish spirit naturally provides an overwhelming kick and is certainly not recommended to ever take it in this fashion! However, when substantially diluted with the usual range of mixers the complexity is overwhelming, as is the case, when used as a substitute cocktail spirit base. It is truly in a category of its own. See http://www.irish-poteen.com/consumer/cons_cocktails.html
Flavour: Warming and peppery, the initial shock subsides and a balanced fruitiness shows through. With water the middle taste is longer and reveals more fruit.
Finish: Long lingering and warming, with a dry and spicy tail.