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Prizefight Irish Whiskey Review

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Prizefight is a collaborative Irish whiskey, distilled and aged in Ireland, and finished in American rye casks. The result is incredibly complex whiskey, a smooth and mellow spirit that packs a punch but never burns.Prizefight Irish Whiskey
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Prizefight Irish Whiskey


  • 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)
  • MSRP: $44.99, available in New York City, Boston, and online at Warehouse Wines
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!

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Disclaimer: Prizefight Irish Whiskey provided Bourbon & Banter with a sample of their product for this review. We appreciate their willingness to allow us to review their products with no strings attached. Thank you.


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Jeffrey Schwartz

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Known throughout Wisconsin (and now the world) as Whiskeyfellow, Jeff was a late-bloomer to the Wonderful World of Whiskey. At the suggestion of his wife, he started with Scotch and was hooked. He was under the impression that he was happy. A friend asked him several times to try Bourbon, and he eventually gave in, only to fall completely in love with it. Those first steps started him on his #DrinkCurious adventure that led him to #RespectTheBottomShelf. Jeff now relishes many types of whiskeys, ranging from the super-affordable to the super-premium and everything in between. Aside from simply sipping and writing about it, Jeff now enjoys spreading the whiskey gospel by hosting educational tasting events. Read Jeff's full profile.

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