Prizefight Irish Whiskey August 2018
The Irish Whiskey Trail is delighted to welcome ‘Prizefight Irish Whiskey’ as our Whiskey of the month. An Irish Whiskey distilled and bottled in Ireland, finished in American Rye Casks Tamworth Distilling in New Hampshire. The resulting whiskey is complex and smooth, a mellow spirit with a punch but not a burn.
Prizefight is the first bottling from Flor Prendergast and Steven Grasse, whiskey bonders and bottlers. Born from the history of the fighting Irish in New York, Flor an Irish man and Steve an American, these two great friends decided it was time to celebrate this bit of Irish American history with this special bottling of a blend of ten year old single malt and four year old grain whiskey.
The bottle’s label immortalizes the knuckle to knuckle fight between John Morrissey, five foot seven inches, forty year old man and Yankee Sullivan, a twenty two year old who was a whole half foot taller. This fight took place in a makeshift ring at Boston Corners, New York, an abandoned brickyard just outside of the state police jurisdiction on October 12, 1853 in front of five thousand spectators. They were 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 before their landmark fight that faithful October which went for thirty seven rounds, after which Morrissey declared himself the winner.