We are proud to host one of the finest selections of Irish poitín available in London here at The Sun Tavern, Bethnal Green.


Poitín has a rich and colourful history, and has had a fair struggle to get on our shelves – be it down to heavy taxation or legality – but that’s just one reason why we admire it so much. We’re happy to host a spirit that captures the rebelliousness of the souls who made it what it is.

The term poitín has gaelic roots; stemming from the gaelic word ‘pota’ referring to small copper pot, which is still used to produce the liquid. The poitín maker was a very skilled and valued member of the community with production being once as common as raising livestock.

Poitín is a clear Irish spirit and earned a reputation for it’s high strength, which ranges between 40-90%. It’s distilled from grain, maize, sugar beets or potatoes and hosts an illicit past. Staying off the radar, at least legally, for centuries explains why this premium spirit is so underexposed.

Along with Irish whiskey, poitín began to be heavily taxed in 1661 to fuel British military ventures. This provoked a load of distilleries shutting down and lots of bootlegging, particularly with poitín. Many distillers weren’t going to simply accept the taxing and took to the hills to continue production, legally or otherwise – proving the drink to be the ‘people’s spirit.’

The poitín makers would often produce the potent spirit in broken, windy weather to disperse smoke from authorities and also on land borders in order to confuse ownership of the plot. However, as with anything illegal, the way was paved for the wrong people to get involved in production, people who prioritised finance over quality.

Despite stills being seized, informants being tortured and families being framed, production continued until 1997, when persistence paid off and it was finally legalized. Stepping the right side of the law has helped to refine standards and ultimately secured a higher quality beverage.


Teeling Poitin - Cocktail Bar Bethnal Green London

    • Poitin

    • Bán (2nd Edition)


      Produced from barley, sugar beet & potatoes. Smooth, yet complex, great neat, on the rocks or mixed.

    • Teeling (1st Edition)


      A blend of 80% triple-distilled corn spirit and 20% double-distilled malt.

    • 1512


      Made from 95% potato and 5% barley by Master Distiller Salvatore P. Cimino.

    • Bunratty


      A much sweeter example from Co. Clare.

    • Glendalough Premium


      Made with a combination of sugar beets and malted barley.

    • Glendalough Mountain Strength


      A stronger version of Glendalough Premium.

    • Glendalough Sherry Finish


      Adds some honey and raisin flavours.

    • Knockeen Hills Farmer Strength


      Triple distilled from whey.

    • Knockeen Hills Gold


      A 70% version distilled from whey.

    • Knockeen Hills 90%


      90% ABV. Never consume neat Half measure!

    • Blackwater


      Slightly aged in wood. Only 100 bottles made.

    • Celtic Poteen


      A welsh poitín from a 19th century recipe.

    • Mad March Hare


      Only really available in America, this is a copper distilled poitín made from malt.

    • Micil


      Handcrafted in County Galway from grain and bogbean botanical. Shortbread biscuit flavours.

    • Straw Boys


      Made from copper pots at the Connacht distillery. Tame enough on its own.

    • Teeling (2nd Edition)


      The first liquid to come entirely from the new distillery in Dublin. A pot still poitín gives you notions of a fine tequila.

    • Bán Poitín Barreled & Buried


      Potato, sugar beet & malt. Bourbon (47.2%)

    • John O’Connell


      Malt (72%)

    • Ballykeefe


      Grain & malt (40%)

    • Cooley


      Single pot still (65%)

    • Bán (1st Edition)


      Small batch poitín. The name is play on words. Bán means ‘white’ in irish and Bán in English refers to the spirit's illicit past.