Killowen Distillery have collaborated with our friends Blackwater Distillery to produce a limited edition Irish Poitín, Killowen X Blackwater a DÓ Poitín. This is the first time such a project has been undertaken and celebrates the Irish Poitín category with producers on both sides of the border coming together to work on an all-island spirit.
Killowen who are based in County Down sent local Knockshee oats to Blackwater, and in return the Waterford distillery sent their heritage barley north of the border. Both distilleries then went on to produce an Irish Poitín from this grain, which was then vatted. The distilleries split the final batch and have each bottled half of it, in separate packaging that mirrors the other.
Poitín is Ireland’s oldest spirit, and started life underground in 1661 when taxes were first introduced, the drink is only now coming out of the shadows. This then is a very limited and special one-off celebration of a category that is at last finding it’s own voice. Brendan Carty of Killowen Distillery explained, “as excited as we are about our own whiskey, we also have a target to revolutionise the poitín category and people’s attitudes towards it. This collaboration is an exciting release that showcases this unique spirit, as well as celebrating a drink that crosses boundaries and borders.’
‘In these difficult times,’ said Peter Mulryan of Blackwater Distillery, ‘it’s important to remember we all share a small island and that our heritage is precious. This project with Killowen brings together two of Ireland’s most innovative distilleries, one north, one south, but with a shared vision.’
A Dó Irish Poitín, from the Irish ‘two’ is available from all Killowen trading partners, online via Irish Malts in the Island of Ireland, Umbrella project in Mainland UK and many wonderful retailers North and South. Please note there may be a slight delay in it reaching the shelves over the coming days. The RRP £36.95 or €41.95 and there are about 420 bottles from each distillery.