The attractively simple & clean design of this Aldi supermarket release matches the clear & fresh taste of the poitín inside.
Dolmens – or portal tombs – are found throughout Ireland. They date from 2,000 to 3,000 years BC and provide an insight into former civilisations that existed in Ireland.
Poitín is also a product of earlier times.
Times when there were no rules or regulations governing alcohol manufacture or consumption and poitín making was a locally based farm activity.
Today it is a growing category in the re-emerging Irish Whiskey scene.
It can be made from any grain – in either pot or column stills – and usually has not been aged in wood for added colour or flavour.
Dolmen Irish Poitín is quite a distinctive style of poitín.
Rather than displaying the somewhat oily & slightly sour taste experience I expect within this genre of spirit – Dolmen portrays a clean & refreshingly sweet bouquet to the nose.
This follows through into the taste which starts off rather soft & mild – easily approachable even – before a slowly warming reassuring heat makes it’s presence felt.
A pleasantly appealing & palatable poitín.
There’s a suitable storyline on the back label which combines history, myth, folklore and fancy and – unusually for a supermarket release – the distillery of origin.
I look forward to future releases from this distillery.
The 21st whiskey distillery in Ireland to recently open for business.