PRODUCT: Glendalough Poitín
The Glendalough Distillery was set up by five friends from Wicklow and Dublin with a deep passion for reviving the heritage of craft distilling in Ireland. In the 18th & 19th centuries there were over 200 licensed distilleries in Ireland and along with countless unlicensed ones produced diverse styles of poitín, whiskey, gin and even absinthe. Until recently that dropped to a small handful. Glendalough Distillery is now part of a revival of this heritage. The idea behind Glendalough Distillery is to make innovative spirits while staying true to the tradition and heritage of our ancestors. Initially we started with the first ever spirit, poitín and since then have moved to whiskey and most recently the release of two seasonal, wild botanical gins.
Before there was whiskey, there was poitín. Poitín was the origin of the species, the original “water of life”. It’s Ireland’s gift to the world, one of the first spirits ever to be distilled.
Earliest records from 584AD show that Irish monastic settlements, like Glendalough, were the birthplace of distilling in Ireland. Poitín was first made with expertise and reverence by Irish monks, like St. Kevin.They were the master distillers of their time, and the only distillers of their time. The knowledge just didn’t exist outside of the monasteries.
Over fourteen centuries ago, Ireland was a wild and primitive place and distilling was alchemy. Kings from across Europe would write to Irish monks asking for a batch of the good stuff.
Eventually knowledge spread throughout the land about how to make this mysterious “uisce beatha”. Every area had their renowned makers and it thrived for a thousand years or so.
Traditionally made from malted barley, sugar beet and potatoes. Distilled with expertise, reverence and craft, distillers reputations were made or broken on the quality of their spirit, using various styles and methods.
In 1661 it was outlawed by King Charles. This forced poitín into the wilderness, where it enjoyed an illicit romanticism. Remote glens where the winds swept through, broke up the smoke from the peat fires, and kept prying eyes, and the law, away.
Over the next few hundred years it lived in whispered infamy between chancers, bowsies and divils. Amongst winks, nods and backhanders. Until now. Glendalough heralds a renaissance in poitín distilling and brings it back towards its rightful place as an expertly crafted spirit with a long shadow and a unique history.
Glendalough Sherry Cask Finished Poitín
Glendalough 7 Year Single Malt Whiskey
Glendalough 13 Year Single Malt Whiskey
Glendalough Double Barrel Irish Whiskey
Glendalough Wild Seasonal Botanical Gin
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