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International Poitin Day

Nov 18 2019
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1-5 Green St,, Dublin,

To celebrate International Poitín Day a number of Poitin producers have worked together to host a series of events to celebrate Ireland's National Spirit.

International Poitín Day celebrates its fifth iteration on November 18th as the emerging Poitín category continues to go from strength to strength in 2019, bolstered by the opening of Dublin’s Bar 1661, the global flagship for Irish Poitín. Originally started in collaboration with The Sun Tavern in London, home of the UK’s largest legal collection of Poitín, and Bán Poitín, the brand behind Bar 1661, the day is dedicated to the original Irish moonshine and the rebellious souls who kept it alive during its days of illegality.

International Poitín Day 2019 will be marked this year with a simultaneous bar swap between The Sun Tavern in London and Bar 1661 in Dublin. From The Sun Tavern, bartenders Ross Painter and Jamie Jones will be taking over the bar at Bar 1661, while Gillian Boyle and Luke O’Meara from Bar 1661 will be bringing a taste of Green Street to Bethnal Green as they step behind the bar at The Sun Tavern. Dispelling myths that it’s just bread, banana and barley, Poitín Afficinado Tommy Cummins will lead a Poitín tasting at The Sun Tavern at 19:00, while Bán Poitin founder Dave Mulligan does the same at Bar 1661.

Sponsoring the bar swap are the leaders of the category — Mad March Hare Irish Poitín, winner of Best Irish Poitín at the Irish Whiskey Awards 2019, and Bán Poitín, winner of the 2016, 2017 and 2018 accolade. A collaborative menu of six Poitín cocktails has been created with two cocktails for €16.61, including Bar 1661’s Belfast Coffee (Bán Poitín, Cold Brew Coffee, Demerara, Cream, Nutmeg) and Mad March Mule (Mad March Hare Poitín, Lime, Umbrella Brewing Ginger Beer), and The Sun Tavern’s John Doe (Bán Poitín, Irish Whiskey, Madeira, Chestnut liqueur) and Kneecapper (Mad March Hare Poitín, Lemon, Honey, Absinthe).

Poitín dates back to the 6th century, an ancient farm-based spirit made in a single pot still, taking its name from the Irish word ‘pota’, meaning ‘little pot’. Banned in 1661 and its production driven underground, Poitín was bastardised by the whiskey distillers, witchhunted by the tax man and demonised by the church, remaining in the shadows of Irish culture for over 300 years. Finally legalised in 1997, a resurgence of craft distillers saw Poitín granted Geographical Indicative Status by the EU in 2008, making Poitín protected at an EU level in a similar manner to Champagne in France. Its resurgence as an ideal white spirit for use as a base in cocktails has seen its popularity grow and the spirit embraced in
cocktail bars globally.

Other events to celebrate International Poitin Day include:
Glendalough Distillery celebrates International Poitin Day
National Poitin Day - Straw Boys Poitin Tour
Connacht Distillery Straw Boys Poitin Story

This event is part of Taste the Island.