an irish whiskey distilled & bottled in Ireland, finished in american rye casks

When Flor Prendergast decided to create a whiskey, he brought in his American friend and spirits maverick, Steven Grasse, who had an idea that required a transatlantic collaboration: whiskey from Ireland, finished in rye barrels from America. They formed Pugilist Spirits to bring this idea to life, with whiskey distilled and aged in West Cork, Ireland and rye barrels sourced by Grasse’s own Tamworth Distilling in the U.S.

Inspired by the Irish-American connection, Grasse had the idea to call the whiskey Prizefight. The brand tells the incredible stories of the Irish who came to America and became the greatest fighters of their day. Each bottle commemorates the boxing legends who came with nothing and fought for everything.


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 is a blend of 10-year-old malt and 4-year-old grain, finished in rye barrels for 6 months.

Tasting Notes: Fresh and clean with fruit, floral, and spice notes. Sweet and refreshing up front, followed by a subtle hint of bitterness and a spicy finish.



boston corners, new York | october 12, 1853

Yankee Sullivan is 40 years old and stands five feet seven inches. John Morrissey is only 22, and a half-foot taller. In front of five thousand spectators, they met knuckle to knuckle in a makeshift ring in Boston Corners, an abandoned brickyard just outside police jurisdiction. Quick and nimble, Sullivan outpunches Morrissey five to one, but Morrissey hits like a freight train. After thirty-seven rounds, Morrissey grabs Sullivan by the neck and lifts him off his feet. As fans swarm the ring, Sullivan swings and knocks Morrissey out cold, but Morrissey is still named the winner, as Sullivan failed to come up to the scratch.



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