For International Poitin Day I’ve decided to go – well – International!
Now Poitin is an Irish term.
It denotes a raw, unaged distillate made using unspecified grains & conjures up all sorts of folklore and fancy tales.
Across the water in America it goes by a different name – Moonshine – or in this instance – White Dog.
There are similarities in style, manufacture and fairytale – as well as music.
What drew me to this example however was the Rye Mash label.
I do like a drop of hot spice!
At 62.5% – or 125 proof – this White Dog doesn’t disappoint.
The clean clear colourless liquid has an oily, softly sweet yet sour corn nose with a hint of peppery spice.
It’s surprisingly gentle – even smooth to begin with. The corn & barley mash pulls you in before a growing dry peppery spice takes over with a big hit of alcohol.
The dryness lasts through to the finish which is complemented by yet more spice & prickly heat from the high strength.
The rye, corn & barley mash brings a degree of complexity to this essentially simple style of distillate.
I find it fascinating tasting raw spirit like this before the maturation in wood adds more colour, flavour & depth to the mix.
It’s how our forebearers would have enjoyed their whiskey.
Enjoy your International Poitin Day!