Making Poteen in Co. Mayo
Around 1660, the English introduced a tax on distilled spirits. The Irish ignored the levy, continuing to make their drink in home and village stills throughout the country. In 1760, the English passed a law forbidding private, unlicensed production of distilled liquor and began to enforce the ten pence per gallon tax on poitin. The resulting fines caused great resentment among the populace. Farmers used the money derived from illegal sales of poitin to supplement their meager incomes and help pay their rents. Overnight, the Irish became a nation of criminal distillers and the smugglers had gone underground. County Mayo had 200 distillers openly working in well-protected stills to deliver the mountain dew.
Print Size: 450mm x 320mm (17 3/4″ x 12 1/2″)