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The Rumble For Rye! PrizeFight Irish Whiskey vs Johnnie Walker Rye Cask

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Welcome to tonites fight!

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In the Green corner we have Irish newcomer PrizeFight weighing in at 43%. An NAS – non aged statement – blended Irish whiskey finished in rye casks from Tamworth Distilling, produced at West Cork Distillers for Pugilist Ltd.

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In the Blue corner is heavyweight Diageo’s well known Johnnie Walker brand with their Rye Cask blended release at 46% with a 10 years old age statement.

Round 1

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PrizeFight jumps straight out and lands a powerful punch which wounds the Johnnie Walker Rye.

The rich dry rye spice nose of PrizeFight is simply bolder than the muted soft notes of JW Rye.

Round 2

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JW Rye is showing flabbiness with excessive caramel & sweet grain taking the edge of that rye kick.

PrizeFight lands one after another with it’s leaner, cleaner & crisper rye punchiness!

Round 3

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It’s all over now!

PrizeFight delivers a knockout blow with a lovely rich dry spiciness that just goes on and on.

JW Rye retreats to it’s corner – unable to match the youthful invigorating power of PrizeFight.

Three cheers for the Green corner!

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Prizefight Whiskey delivers first punch for Irish Rye.

I may still be waiting a few years for the fields of rye currently enjoying the sunny autumnal weather around Enniscorthy to eventually end up in an Irish whiskey.

But rye from a different source HAS made it into an Irish whiskey.

Prizefight Whiskey have released a blend including grain & 10 year old malt finished in american rye barrels to land the first punch in the Irish race for rye.

I excitedly came across it at the Dublin Whiskey Live 2016 event.

The result is lovely.

That beautiful rye spicy note I so love comes through surprisingly strong in this expression simply from the 6 months maturation without any rye grain used in the original Irish distillation.

The expression is a collaboration of West Cork Distillers in Skibbereen and Tamworth Distilling in New Hampshire and is on sale now.

It would be my standout whiskey from Whiskey Live this year.


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