Every now and then there’s a release that just blows away the old myths.
One of the hackneyed stereotypical tropes used is that Irish Whiskey isn’t peated – or as I’m in Ireland – turfed.
Any cursory study of past recipes clearly shows it was – as the collective who collaborated to produce this Heritage Poitín found – and thankfully it now is.
Micil Heritage Poitín is the first spirit to use Irish turf to smoke Irish Barley & Irish Oats in a long time.
This is a game changer.
The other myth is that to be a good whiskey it must be aged – preferably for a long time.
Well – after tasting this fabulous poitín – age is only a number.
This is the original uisce beatha – the water of life – that started the whole whiskey craze.
It’s pure, it’s clear and it’s a delight to drink.
The final myth is that barley is the be all and end all of whiskey.
Again – no relevance to the actual recipes of the past that traditionally used a mixed mash bill of barley – both malted & unmalted – wheat, rye and oats.
The oats in Micil Heritage Poitín give it a gorgeous creaminess with a depth of body & generous legs.
The turf smoke is like the warm hug of a winters fire sharing the craic with friends & family.
Micil Heritage Poitín is stepping back in time to go forward.
I raise a glass to all involved.
To the return of Irish turf!