RE: Irish Spirits - Potcheen
I don't usually hang out in The Beverage Forum, but when I saw "Potcheen" in the list of current topics, posted no less by one of my favorite Roadfood pals, I thought I'd dive in. We've got a bottle of the 90 proof Bunratty Potcheen (spelled "Poitin" around our house), the level of which has been going down at a slow but steady rate.
It is indeed a throat scorcher although not without its charms. Poitin creates a very pleasant buzz with few after effects if it is treated with respect. It is a dandy way to perk up Irish coffee, or any drink you want to add a wee bit of Irish to. Poitin is a sipping liquor. I'm not sure I would want to do shots of this stuff, but I'm sure someone somewhere is doing just that.
As a side note, Bunratty Castle, the source of the name for this particular brand of Poitin, is quite possibly the biggest tourist rip-off in all of Ireland. True, it is a well preserved castle, but in a land where there are picturesque castles and a plethora of other notable ruins to be had for free, waiting around almost every bend in the road, the fact they want to charge you admission (a hefty one, at that) to this merely average edifice was more than a bit off-putting.
They make a damn fine Poitin/Potcheen though!