Conor McGregor has been a man of few words lately, but he did open up a bit on social media over the weekend to talk whiskey with a fan. The random interaction came on an Instagram post McGregor shared following a jiu jitsu class at Straight Blast Gym in Dublin. A fan from Tennessee gushed on McGregor’s work ethic, only to have him write a short novel on ... why Tennessee whiskey sucks?
”Thank you for this message. I recognise and respect Tennessee as solid whiskey distillers,” McGregor wrote. “Your methods of aging whiskey over 2 years, and in charred brand new barrels however, is a crime where I come from.”
Oh sh*t. This is going down.
”Using corn, rye or wheat over grain is another conversation altogether,” he continued. “However, forgetting your choice of ingredients, whatever they are, you must let those ingredients age sufficiently. Allow the ingredients the correct time to age and allow them to age in barrels as old as Whiskey itself. They deserve time to reach their maximum flavor potential. We do not even know what American whiskey truly tastes like, because to gage a correct and fair opinion of it, it needs to be given the correct and fair time to age.”
”Thank you for this message however, I appreciate it and it motivates me to continue,” McGregor continued. “I respect your state, and your land, and I will be in Tennessee in the very near future. Along with all of the other major states of the United States of America.”
“I will be there with my own Irish made Whiskey for you all.”
”I look forward to engaging more in this debate and introducing you to my master creation.”
There it is. The pitch. Conor has been hyping his upcoming whiskey since Mayweather vs. McGregor, and this latest interaction makes it clear the product is still very much on his mind as we continue to wait for news of his next fight.
But if it takes much longer than two years for whiskey to taste as it should, is all of this just a roundabout way of saying there’ll be no McGregor Select Batch available in 2018? A shame. We hear that’s where the real Diddy money is.