This is my co-worker's #1 pick for a boy (if she has one) and she has similar reasoning to you (her dad's name is James).
I think if it has meaning to you, go for it. Without knowing the back story, it sort of falls in to that category for me of naming your child a cool sounding last name that has no obvious connection to your family tree. I am sure your immediate family would get it, but your friends and acquaintances and just random people you meet you might feel like you would have to "explain" the name to them (because of the whiskey connection).
Not a fan of having to explain my kid's name to people, KWIM?