Last Saturday November 5th, Prizefight Irish Whiskey was launched at Whiskey Live Dublin. The new bottle is now available in select bars, as well as in an exclusive gift box at the Dublin Airport Duty Free and in selected independent off licenses.
The story behind it pays homage to Irishmen who journeyed to America, where they forged their character with their determination and, sometimes, their fists. Each bottle tells the stories of the boxing legends who came with nothing and fought for everything. Prizefight Irish Whiskey is a collaboration between Ireland and America: distilled and aged in Ireland, and finished in American rye casks from Tamworth Distilling in New Hampshire.
The resulting whiskey is complex and smooth, a mellow spirit with a punch but not a burn. Flor Prendergast, from Pugilist Spirits -the company behind Prizefight- explains they wanted to create an authentic and unique Irish whiskey, so he called upon spirits maverick Steven Grasse, who came up a fine Irish whiskey finished in American rye casks.
Getting this done required collaboration between two craft distillers across the Atlantic, so they reached out to West Cork Distilling to create the whiskey, and Grasse’s own distillery, Tamworth Distilling in New Hampshire to arrange the finishing.
The bottle’s label immortalizes the fight between John Morrissey and Yankee Sullivan, which took place at Boston Corners, New York, on October 12, 1853. Two of the most famous Irish-born fighters of their day, both Morrissey and Sullivan ended up in New York, making their names in barroom brawls as well as well-publicized fights like this one, with over five thousand spectators.
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