The Killowen Cuige Poitín Series represents Ireland’s history and present by acknowledging her historical five provinces by finishing a unique Poitín in five different firkin casks from five select breweries, each representing those old provinces. The Irish word ‘Cuige’ meaning ‘provinces’ or ‘Fifths.’
The breweries that took part include:
Dead Centre Brewing representing ‘Meath’ using an Imperial Stout cask
Mescan Brewery representing ‘Connaught’ using a Westport Red Tripel cask
O’Brother Brewing representing ‘Leinster’ using a Dreamcatcher IPA cask
Whitewater Brewing representing ‘Ulster’ using a Belfast Black Stout cask
West Kerry Brewery representing ‘Munster’ using an Imperial Stout cask
Killowen used a unique peated mash bill that offers a little more oat than the distillery’s core mash-bill, as a tribute to the integral part oat has played in Irish distillation history. After a 24-hour flame-fed, double-distillation, and worm-tub condensation, the spirit is laid in casks at full strength for 10 weeks, as is the maximum allowable time by law. Each bottle is hand-filled, hand-labelled, wax-dipped, and hand-written. Each set has its own unique rustic pedestal made from a Killowen cask stave which has been heat-straightened, carved for bottles, engraved with the Killowen Cuige Logo and wax finished. Just 190 total sets of the Poitin will be released.
The names and Images for each bottle come from different locations carrying particular affection to Killowen Distillery, and places which Killowen think signify each Cuige.
Ulster: ‘Donard’ – The highest mountain in The Mournes – God’s country
Munster: ‘Mish’ – The Slieve Mish range to the east of Dingle peninsula
Connaught: ‘Lutty’ – A remarkably beautiful & remote part of Galway
Leinster: ‘Duff’ – Duff Hill – middle of the mighty Wicklow Mountains
Meath: ‘Caillí’ – Sliabh na Caillí – largest peak in Meath