THE HISTORY BEHIND THE NAME.
THE GANGS OF NEW YORK
In the mid- to late-1800s, many of New York’s poorest areas were riven by violent gang warfare. In the lower Manhattan area was the poorest and most squalid area of all, The Five Points. This was a slum of disease, depravity and destitution. And it was here that the most famous – or notorious – gangs of all ruled the streets.
THE DEAD RABBITS
The Dead Rabbits were a notorious Irish immigrant street gang whose sworn enemies were the nativist anti-immigrant Bowery Boys. Their antagonism came to a head in a notorious riot that raged for days in 1857. Up to a thousand gang members were involved before order was finally restored. The leader of the Dead Rabbits was John Morrissey, a notorious figure who would later go on to become a Democratic congressman and senator.escribing the taste of Dead Rabbit Irish Whiskey is like trying to describe a thrill. You know it when you feel it. There’s no mistaking it. And once you have actually experienced it, well you know what has to come next. Same again.
AT FIRST SIGHT
- Think honey – thick, rich, liquid gold. It’s a good start.
IT ALL MAKES SCENTS
- Inhale slowly. First, bourbon comes out swinging, followed by vanilla – all sweetness and light. Then the rest of the gang pile in: spice, fruit, malt. Now you know what you’re up against.
TAKE A SIP
- Now that first encounter turns into attitude – this is a punchy, heavy-hitter. While the bourbon and vanilla are working you over in a one-two, the spice notes are running riot. This is classic Irish with a definite edge.
LET IT LINGER
- This is a thrill that lasts and lasts. Every part of your mouth is smiling. This is good, it is saying. This is very good.
You’re one of us now.