Funded! This project was successfully funded on February 27, 2012.

Update #6

First official transmission... 1661 Poitín in the making!!


Hi Everyone! 

It has been all go since 1661 Poitín was fully funded on Kickstarter! Thanks again to every one of you for helping make my dream of producing a craft poitín come true! 

I have been working hard to get this up and running as fast as possible. The distillery is working on my poitín already and once we nail down the right alcohol content, I can submit the labels to the US government COLAS submission and I also have to send the US government formulas testing a sample of 1661 Poitín.... wonder if they will love it as much as I do!! It's all very exciting but obviously this project is a huge undertaking so it will take some time for the product to be here in the US so please bare with me! 

If any of you guys would like to get involved in some way to help get 1661 Poitín over here as soon as possible, I have attached a printable PDF at the bottom of this update that you can take to your favorite bartender, Irish pub owner, your twice-removed distant cousin liquor rep, the cool cocktail bar in your neighborhood (you're getting the idea I hope) and help spread the word! The more people ask for this product, and the more the bars hear about it, the greater the chance of a liquor distributor near you picking it up faster! 

Some of you have already received surveys for the rewards, I have mailed out your rewards and they should be arriving within the next few days just in time for St. Paddys Day!! It was really exciting to put them together, the t-shirts look great and I hope you wear them with pride on the most Irish day of them all! And don't worry if you have not received a survey, yours will be sent out nearer to the time you will receive your chosen reward. 

For those of you in Ireland and elsewhere, I am working on getting poitín to you too! I really can't wait until you can all sample this very fine spirit and be proud in the knowledge that without you guys, it wouldn't exist!

Sláinte agus go raibh míle maith agat! Have the best St.Paddys Day! 


Printable PDF!


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      Creator Rick Lethbridge on October 17, 2013

      Lookin for some sort of update please.

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      Creator David Ramatowski on October 9, 2013

      Never got reward, or any contact, for donating. :(

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      Creator Breelyn MacDonald on March 13, 2012

      You are adorable Ash! Love you!! I'm so happy for you and proud that you got this thing going! Can't wait to get some over here and try it!!

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      Creator Ivan Tolmachev on March 12, 2012

      Great to see it's all go! :)

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      Creator joe desmond on March 12, 2012

      I can't wait to try it too! You did a really good job on the presentation and I'm glad to see you are carrying on with that enthusiasm and focus now into production! An-mhaith!!! If you send me a tee shirt I promise I will wear it for Paddy's Day.

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    1661 Poitín T-shirt! Spread the word and revive Poitín! Wear it this St Paddys Day! March 17th! Super soft 100% cotton jersey! Choose your favorite!

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    A piece of the 'Auld Sod', your own piece of Ireland, an original piece of bog-turf where the Poitín makers secretly distilled their liquor before the 300 year ban was lifted! Plus the 1661 t-shirt!

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    Handcrafted Irish pewter 1661 engraved whiskey flask! Plus Special Guest Invite to the US launch party in NYC and San Francisco from this pledge on! Poitín on us!

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    A traditional 'hooley' (party) in Ireland; invite to a poitín whiskey tour of the midlands of Ireland (you select dates)... visit the unknown bars of the Irish Countryside and go where rarely any tourists ever go! 2 nights B&B and poitín on us!

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