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Irish moonshine

At this month's meeting of the Manchester Whisky Club, we had a visitor from Dublin's Teeling distillery, showing off some of the company's drinks. Before we got onto the whisky (although being Irish, it's really spelt whiskey), we had a drop of this stuff. Poitin (usually spelt potcheen when anglicised) is roughly speaking the Irish equivalent of moonshine. It's incredibly strong, and has potatoes involved somewhere along the line. But generally whenever I've had any, I can never really remember much more than that.

This wasn't quite as powerful as some I've tried, but still packed a decent punch at 61.4%. It was sweet, too, a bit like those old-style pear drop sweets. Just the one glass was enough though.

Irish moonshine