DISTILLER: Prizefight Irish Whiskey
MASH BILL: Undisclosed, malt and grain
AGE: 4 years (10-year malt blended with 4-year grain)
YEAR: 2017 PROOF: 86 (43% ABV)
NOSE: Malt | Citrus | Vanilla | Floral TASTE: Pepper | Honey | Chocolate | Toasted Oak
FINISH: Long and dry, with a clove spice that rests in the back of the throat and pepper that sits on the tongue.
SHARE WITH: Nobody. Keep this as your own little secret. On a more serious note, share it with those who claim they don’t like Irish whiskey and those who love it.
WORTH THE PRICE: This is only $44.99? Really?
BOTTLE, BAR OR BUST: Bottle. Bottle! BOTTLE!
OVERALL: I’m a fan of Irish whiskey and have slowly been adding those I enjoy to my library. When this bottle arrived, I was cautiously excited. The presentation is wonderful, with a beautiful expensive looking label on the front and a backstory that made me curious as to what the quality would be inside the bottle. After all, there’s only a handful of working distilleries in Ireland, and Pugilist Spirits is not one of them. This was obviously an upstart.
I cut through the paper strip and pulled the cork. Almost immediately, the malt and floral aromas caught my attention. I poured a dram into my Glencairn glass and set it aside about ten minutes, the same as I do for any whiskey. Round One was unimpressive. It tasted rough, and I felt like I was sucker punched by a fancy label and promise, but I wasn’t nearly ready to throw in the towel.
I took a five-minute break before starting Round Two. It is always amazing what a few extra minutes of patience will gain you. The next sip provided a mouthfeel that is soft and creamy. The combination of flavors on the palate is a delicious knock-out, and it becomes evident that Prizefight is a major contender in the Irish whiskey realm.
Prizefight left me stunned. This is one of the better whiskeys I’ve tasted this year, and one of the best Irish whiskeys I’ve ever had. Get a bottle. You won’t be disappointed. Cheers!