GSN Review: Mad March Hare Irish Poitin


Poitín, anglicized as potcheen or poteen, is a traditional Irish distilled beverage. Poitín was traditionally distilled in a small pot still and the term is a diminutive of the Irish word pota, meaning “pot”. Amusingly, the Irish word for a hangover is póit.

Poitin was traditionally produced in remote and rural farming areas of Ireland, popularly distilled using potatoes. Though home distillation of the spirit was made illegal in 1661, production of Poitin continued underground, commonly taking advantage of windy, rainy weather to hide the smoke that came as a result of heating the stills. “Poitin plays a large role in the history of Irish spirits with an underground local distilling tradition similar to that of American Moonshine,” states John Ralph, Co-founder, Mad March Imports.

Mad March Hare is crafted using locally sourced malted barley, to deliver a more refined, yet authentic Irish Poitin.  “With the U.S. market accounting for approximately 36% of Irish whiskey sales, and craft spirits continuously growing in popularity, we feel it is the perfect opportunity to introduce the U.S. consumer to a new Irish craft offering,” Ralph continued.

Mad March Hare Irish Poitin (80 proof)
Visual: Clear.
Nose: White dog funk with a predominance of high notes, slight smoke, eucalyptus, spun sugar, black peppercorn.
Taste: Elegantly smooth and refined.  Rich in mouthfeel, with a slight salinity that brings out a plethora of minerality.
Finish: Medium long with a satisfying and crisp peppery fade.
Overall: Much like a twice distilled vodka, but with a silky smooth experience from beginning to end, this is a very well done Poitin.  Use this in place of vodka, or even a blanco tequila in your favorite cocktail and see what you think.  This will also make a killer white old-fashioned.
GSN Rating: A

For more information go to: Mad March Hare Poitin


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