MMA Champion Conor McGregor Throws Himself Into Irish Whiskey Ring - The Whiskey Wash

MMA Champion Conor McGregor Throws Himself Into Irish Whiskey Ring

The world of Irish whiskey is starting to become crowded somewhat, there is no doubt. The island nation is seeing a record number of brands and distilleries come online, and each has its own story to tell as to how it became to be and what its legacy might be. Perhaps one of the more flamboyant ones of late is Eire Born Spirits and its Proper No. Twelve Irish Whiskey, tied to and owned by MMA fighting legend Conor McGregor.

As this is a whiskey blog and not a MMA fighting blog, I won’t go into a ton of  details here on McGregor’s background. Suffice to say though he is considered one of the biggest names in MMA today, and is also known to a larger audience for his boxing match with Floyd Mayweather sometime back. The whiskey side of things for him has been in development for a few years also, originally operating under the project name “Notorious” before it morphed into what it is today.

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Conor McGregor shows off his new Irish whiskey (image via Eire Born Spirits)

Proper No. Twelve, according to those behind it, is a blend of “the finest golden grain and single malt” whiskeys Ireland has to offer. It’s been triple distilled and aged for an undisclosed amount of time in ex-bourbon barrels before being blended into the final expression by McGregor and master distiller David Elder, formerly of Guinness.

There is something to note in regards to this whiskey’s sourcing. McGregor and Elder are said to have turned to “the world’s oldest distillery, located in Ireland, with a proven history of quality whiskey making.” It is from here they created “close to one hundred blends” before ultimately selecting the one they later bottled. The distillery in question? Bushmills.

“I come from a place called Crumlin, in Dublin 12,” said McGregor in a prepared statement. “It’s a place dear to my heart. It’s where I learned how to fight; it made me who I am today. It’s a place I’m still very much a part of every single day of my life. So, that’s where the name came from. It’s proper Irish whiskey and twelve is my hometown.

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Proper No. Twelve Irish Whiskey (image via Eire Born Spirits)

“Growing up on the streets of Dublin 12, I learned the values of loyalty and hard work. I respect other Irish whiskeys, but I am coming in strong, with passion and with purpose. I am the founder of this company and I am going to give it my all.”

Plans call for this whiskey, bottled at 80 proof, to initially be available in Ireland and the United States starting now for between $20 and $30 a bottle. McGregor’s company has committed to donate $5 for every case sold to local first responder organizations/charities, up to $1 million annually. As for tasting notes, very official limited ones suggest it is “complex and sophisticated yet smooth and approachable with hints of vanilla, honey and toasted wood.”

About the author

Nino Marchetti

Nino Marchetti is the founder and editor-in-chief of The Whiskey Wash, an award winning whiskey lifestyle website dedicated to informing and entertaining consumers about whisk(e)y on a global level. As a whisk(e)y journalist, expert and judge he has written about the subject extensively, been interviewed in various media outlets and provided tasting input on many whiskeys at competitions. He also maintains a large private collection of whiskey from which he continually educates his palate on this brown spirit type.