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  • It was poitin: illegal moonshine made by old friends of his in the Knockmealdown Mountains of Tipperary.

    four-leafed clover

  • Now learned men who use the pen have writ the praises high of the sweet poitin from Ireland green, distilled from wheat and rye.

    Real Old Mountain Dew (4)

  • Or poitin, even (can't do the diacritic signs ...)

    Army Rumour Service

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  • Come guess me this riddle: what beats pipes and fiddle?

    What's hotter than mustard and wilder than cream?

    What best wets your whistle? What's clearer than crystal?

    What's sweeter than honey and stronger than steam?

    What will make the dumb talk? What will make the lame walk?

    The elixir of life and philospher's stone.

    And what helped Mr. Brunel to dig the Thames Tunnel?

    Wasn't it poteen from ould Inishowen?

    So stick to the cratur' the best thing in nature

    For drowning your sorrows and raising your joys.

    Oh lord, it's no wonder, if lightning and thunder

    Was made from the plunder of poteen me boys.

    --Later verses of the Irish song The Humours of Whisky.

    March 7, 2013

  • Irish moonshine, distilled from wheat or rye. Found in Daimons by Nina FitzPatrick

    March 7, 2013