Poitín, anglicised as Poteen or Potcheen, is a traditional Irish distilled, highly alcoholic beverage (60%-95% ABV). Poitín was traditionally distilled in a small pot still and the term is a diminutive of the Irish word pota, meaning “pot”.
Traditionally distilled from malted barley grain or potatoes, it is one of the strongest alcoholic beverages in the world (renowned for its ability to get the drinker intoxicated the morning after drinking it by drinking water and thereby bringing the remaining ethanol back into solution), and for centuries was classified as illegal in Ireland.
Potcheen the band has played thousands of shows from New York to San Francisco, over 250 festival appearances and opened for some of the best performers in the world. Surrounded by Celtic Tapestries, pirate flags and endless pints of beer, they make any room into a little slice of Ireland, combining traditional Irish Themes (drink, love & politics) with punk attitude and rapid-fire delivery that’s sure to make your toes tap and your throat gasp for a Guinness.
Potcheen appears at The Rum Barrel on October 26 just in time for our Drinking Made Easy Viewing Party.