Puncher’s Chance Unveils Bourbon/Irish Whiskey Blend, The Unified Belt

Puncher’s Chance Bourbon, from Wolf Spirit, has announced the fifth release in its whiskey portfolio: Puncher’s Chance The Unified Belt.

This is a limited-release, three-cask blend of bourbon and Irish whiskey, serving as the follow up to Puncher’s Chance The Undisputed Bourbon.

With barrels sourced by IJW Whiskey Company of Louisville, KY, and made by IJW Master Blender Steven Hughes, The Unified Belt is the first cross-category whiskey blend from Wolf Spirit.

The blend includes a four-year-old high-rye base Kentucky Straight Bourbon, aged to four years in barrels featuring a #4 alligator char aged at a traditional rickhouse in Danville, KY. That mash bill is 70% corn, 20% rye, 10% malt. That is married to a four-year-old Irish Whiskey made from 100% malted barley, aged in former bourbon barrels in a palletized warehouse in Ireland.

Joining this lineup is a third cask: a 14-year-old bourbon finished in first-fill Pedro Ximenez and Olorosso Sherry casks for up to 15 months. The mash bill of this liquid is 84% corn, 8% rye and 10% malt.

“Like we did with Puncher’s Chance The Left Cross, which was finished in Jamaican rum casks, we wanted to push our creativity to create a truly multidimensional whiskey experience,” says Umberto Luchini, Founder of Wolf Spirit. “The bourbon and Irish whiskey created an intriguing blend, but I think it was the addition of the 14-year-old Bourbon finished in sherry casks that really created something unexpected and special in The Unified Belt, which is the hallmark of the Puncher’s Chance brand.”

The palate opens with dark fruit, orchard fruit and cocoa, the company reports, balanced with layers of warm oak and baking spice. The finish has hints vanilla and baked green apples.

The Unified Belt comes bottled at 96 proof and retails at $149.99 for a 750-ml. bottle.

The brand name of Puncher’s Chance is a boxing reference, denoting that almost anyone is possible of a knockout punch, no matter what the odds. A unified belt or champion is a boxer who holds at least two world championships of major sanctioning bodies in their respective division, lending the name to this bourbon/Irish whiskey blend.

Earlier this year, Puncher’s Chance renewed a deal with the Professional Fighter’s League to bring its whiskey to the MMA community, while also partnering with MMA legend Bruce Buffer.

The Unified Belt is available at retailers nationwide and online at ourwolfspirit.com.
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