Barrel Room Chronicles
April 23, 2022

BRC EP 9 - Ireland's Spirit

On this episode of Barrel Room Chronicles I speak with John Ralph about his Double Gold award winning Poitin, and the history of the Irish Spirit. Then later in the show I speak with Chef Louise Leonard, about a redheaded Mary.


On this episode of Barrel Room Chronicles I speak with John Ralph about his Double Gold award winning Poitin, and the history of the Irish Spirit. Then later in the show I speak with Chef Louise Leonard, about a redheaded Mary.

About Mad March Hare: 

First distilled by monks (God bless you lads), the Irish enjoyed their  poitín for a thousand years before it was banned by the Brits in 1661.  But we’re resilient feckers and poitín never really went away.

It  remained part of Irish drinking culture and was given names like Cratur, Mountain Dew, Mountain Tea and Devil’s Spittle. And you always  knew a man, who knew a man, that could get you a bottle. Now legal  again, poitín can be found on back bars all across Ireland, instead of  under the counter.

At Mad March Hare, we use only the finest,  locally sourced malted barley and distill three times in small copper  pot stills in the traditional way. We then cut the spirit with Irish  spring water to 40% ABV resulting in a drink that is full of character  and exceptionally smooth. Sláinte!

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John Ralph

Founder of Mad March Hare, CEO of Intrepid Spirits

John Ralph is CEO of Intrepid Spirits, an independently owned Irish company, committed to bringing innovative and resurgent brands to the marketplace. Based in Dublin, Intrepid Spirits has a global distribution network with offices in San Francisco, Medellin, La Paz and Shanghai. The portfolio of independent, artfully crafted brands consists of Cocalero, a unique botanical spirit with Bolivian roots; Egan’s Irish Whiskey, a multi-generational company producing exceptional single malt and single grain Irish whiskies; and Mad March Hare, a highly-awarded premium Irish Poitín. The company is also the exclusive Irish distributor for Michter's Bourbon, Kyrö Gin and Merlet Cognac, as well as Los Javis Mezcal in Europe.