The name “Straw Boys” celebrates the traditions of family, friends, and neighbours inherent in the history of Ireland’s spirit distilling. Crashing parties, particularly weddings, is a long-standing tradition, and in the west of Ireland wedding crashers were known as “straw boys.”
Straw boys would obscure their faces with large conical hats made of straw, pop into the reception, dance with the bride and groom, have a quick drink, and then be on their way. The appearance of straw boys at a wedding was a sign of good luck for the couple. It is with this same rambunctious joy we present Straw Boys Poitín.
Poitín, pronounced “put’cheen,” is unaged white whiskey that has been distilled illicitly in the Irish countryside for decades. We craft our poitín at the Connacht Distillery in beautiful copper pot stills and use a traditional malted barley base for the mash. Although the alcohol content of poitín is often very high, often 60% – 90%, ours is more restrained at 45%.
Aromas of gravel, bamboo, tap water and birch beer, with a soft, crisp, bone-dry light body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long orange peels, anise, white tea and menthol finish (Beverage Tasting Institute, 94 point rating, 2017)
Light and sweet with a soft finish, Straw Boys Poitin makes the perfect base for a delicious cocktail.