Poitín Tasting at The Umbrella Workshop Shoreditch, London

Poitín Tasting

The Umbrella Workshop

Private Bookings

Join us for a Poitín tasting, where you will taste four different poitíns. We’ll guide you through the ins and outs of Irish Distilling history and the once illicit spirit.

Poitín, a term stemming from the Gaelic work ‘pota’ which refers to the small copper pot still used by distillers today – is a long-established distilled Irish spirit traditionally brewed from cereals, molasses, sugar beet and/or potatoes. Despite there being no official date recorded as to when it was first produced, poitín has a long and infamous history, indeed, it was illegal all the way up to 1997 due to excise restrictions.

In addition, guests can continue their evening at one of our near-by, award-winning bars – The Sun Tavern with its extensive Irish Whiskey List, or neighbourhood cocktailbar, Discount Suit Company. Guests will be taken to their preferred bar by black cab where there will be a table reserved for their group at no extra cost.

The Poitín tasting is also available for private group tastings alongside our Mexican Spirits Tasting, East London Spirit Tasting, and an Irish Whiskey Tasting.

Poitín Tasting Format

  • Length:

    Session last approximately two hours.

  • Reception Cocktail:

    Enjoy a poitín cocktail before the tasting begins.

  • Introduction to the tasting:

    Introduction to the tasting by our experienced bartender leading the class.

  • Tasting:

    Taste a range of poitíns, taking in many different styles and takes on the spirit.

  • Afters:

    We can arrange for a taxi to either of our sister bars, The Sun Tavern, or Discount Suit Company for neo-classic poitín cocktails.

  • Food and Snacks:

    Food provided by Provisions, a wine and cheese importer working with wonderful producers all over the world Europe.

Where are we located

The Umbrella Workshop is located at 10 Cleeve Workshops. These buildings originally would have been used as workshops for specialist crafters back in the late 1800’s such as blacksmiths, armourers, weavers and many more. Today not much has changed, Cleeve Workshops is home to a community of like minded companies who care about their craft and their community. In the heart of Shoreditch, Cleeve Workshop’s is tucked away in a quiet serene neighbourhood that benefits from being in the centre of Shoreditch but also benefiting from the peace and quiet that is offered by Boundary Street.

More Tastings to come …

New tastings will be available online soon, including East London Spirit Tasting. Please sign up to the mailing list to be the first to hear about it.

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