Glendalough Poitín to Make U.S. Launch Next Week

Glendalough PoitínDublin, Boston, 16 June 2014 | Glendalough Distillery, Ireland’s first craft distillery announces the state side launch of their Glendalough Poitín. To coincide with the launch party, which is taking place on the 24th of June in The Saloon, Boston, Glendalough will also be running Boston’s best highball competition which seeks to find the best Poitín Cocktail in association with USBG – Bartender’s Guild Boston.

The first of its kind to reach American shores, Poitín is an historic part of Ireland’s heritage. An untold story to many, Poitín is the first spirit ever distilled, with earliest records from approx. 584ad in Ireland. Whiskey, also made famous by the Irish, is a direct descendant. Poitín was first made with expertise and reverence in monasteries like Glendalough by Irish monks, the master distillers of their time. Glendalough heralds a renaissance in the ancient art of distilling Poitín and aims to bring it back to its rightful place as an expertly crafted spirit with a long shadow and unique history.

The first batch of Glendalough Poitín reached US shores last February and now it is time to celebrate.  The Glendalough range of Poitíns will be launching on Tuesday 24th of June in The Saloon, 255 Elm St, Sommerville from 6pm. There will be live music from Three Day Threshold. The night will also feature fire eaters and tattoo artists, all washed down with cocktails created by the best mixologists in Ireland.

The Glendalough Distillery is located just south of Dublin in the Wicklow Mountains on the road into Glendalough. Glendalough Poitín is meticulously crafted using recipes and methods passed down through generations. The Glendalough Poitín range is the Distillery’s first step in an exciting journey starting from a small distillery in the Wicklow mountains.

The launch in Boston is the perfect opportunity to taste the world’s oldest distilled drink, the original independent spirit of Ireland.

Glendalough Poitín launch Boston’s Best Highball Competition

Coinciding with the state side launch, Glendalough Poitín is seeking to find the best new highball cocktail using the ancient Irish spirit of Poitín as a base. The competition is the first of its kind in the United States.  This new competition seeks to find the best Poitín cocktail in Boston with a focus on the bartender who creates a multisensory experience that gives customers a real taste of the infamous Poitín. This is a unique and exciting opportunity for Boston’s best bartenders to work with such a historic spirit and create a cracking new cocktail!

The Task

To enter, Glendalough Distillery are asking you to create the best new highball drink, using the ancient spirit of Poitín as a base. Contestants can use a 10oz – 12oz glass of your choice, build/shake/muddle any style of cocktail you like. Use any technique, as long as it fills the glass.

A group of finalists will then be chosen and they will be asked to create a “surprise” twist on a classic. The winner will be jetting off to New Orleans with a friend to enjoy the world’s premier cocktail festival Tales of the Cocktail; we will put you up downtown so all you have to do is enjoy what the city has to offer!

Entry to the competition closes at midnight on June 30th

In order to partake, please contact Donal at Glendalough Distillery,, or talk to your local Atlantic Importing Rep.

About Glendalough Distillery

Glendalough Irish Whiskey Ltd was launched by five Dublin and Wicklow entrepreneurs whose passion for the craft distilling industry in Ireland led them to form the company. They aim to recapture Ireland’s lost heritage of great Spirit production and create the new, exciting and contemporary brands – such as Glendalough Poitín.

The Glendalough Poitín range currently includes three distinct types of Poitín: Glendalough Mountain Strength Poitín, Glendalough Sherry Cask Finish Poitín and Glendalough Premium Poitín. Since its launch in July 2013, Glendalough Poitín is now stocked in many of the top bars and pubs in Dublin, Australia, Germany, Scandinavia, New York and Boston with new stockists joining the list each week.