Created by Alex Thomas, one of a few female master blenders in the industry, The Sexton is made from 100% Irish malted barley and is triple distilled for smoothness in copper pot stills. Our new spirit is then aged for perfection in former Oloroso sherry casks, sourced from Jerez de la Frontera, Spain.
To refresh: It’s made with 100 percent Irish malted barley, triple-distilled in copper pot stills, and aged in European oak and former sherry casks. Though there’s no age statement on the bottle, we’ve learned it’s aged four to five years. It’s bottled at 80 proof.
“The Sexton Single Malt Irish Whiskey is inspired by the long tradition of whiskey making on the North Coast of Ireland and consciously aged for four years in former Sherry butts to achieve a depth of flavor from the wine-imbued barrel that surpasses its years. Unexpected for a young single malt, The Sexton offers a perfect balance of rich, dried fruits and subtle oak notes, with a smooth finish that leaves you wanting more.”Alex Thomas – Proximo Master Blender
Is This The Sexiest Bottle Design Around?
Well what do you think? Is this whiskey bottle cool or what. This mysterious little hexagonal bottle is a black diamond in the rough. It certainly caught my eye when I popped it on the shelf beside the other bottles. I not sure what the skeleton on the label is all about, but who cares. One thing I’d say is, that you need to pour from the bottle quickly, otherwise you’ll spill it. But fashion and whiskey know no pain, so get pouring.
The Sexton Single Malt Irish Whiskey Information:
- Region: Ireland
- Distillers: Bushmills
- Bonder: Proximo Spirits
- Mashbill: Malted Barley
- Cask: Oloroso sherry casks, Jerez de la Frontera, Spain
- Age: Non Age Statement
- ABV: 40% ABV – 80% Proof
- Filtered: Non-Chill Filtered
The nose is a fresh malty fruit spirit with a heavy sherry copper sweetness. The sweet aromas of citrus, dried fruits, apples, dark chocolate, cocoa and spiced hazelnuts. The spanish sherry maturation gives the familiar essence of raisins and sultanas. If you have tried Redbreast Lustau you might find some similarities on the nose here.
Dried fruit followed by honeycomb sweetness, apricots, lemon zest, and malt biscuit. If you have ever tasted McVities Fruit Shortcake Biscuits this is the exact memory it conjures. Sherry oak spice is layered cocoa, toffee, nuts, and dried apricot. There is a tartness that appears before the finish, like redcurrants or cranberries, it’s almost a metallic dryness. I really like the mouthfeel and it’s quite oily like a mouthful of sultanas and a hit of pepper.
As sweet honeyed apricot fades away into citrus the oak takes over. There is a fruity woodyness on the finish. Sexton’s dry sherry elements fade out with a tannic malty overtone and a subtle hint of cloves. This dark bitter after note is familiar to coffee drinkers, it makes you crave a little more.
Where to Drink: The Sexton Single Malt Irish Whiskey
Try this one at home, it’s a good straight sipper. But for me I think it better in a sour cocktail. Distilled entirely from Irish malted barley, and triple distilled in copper pot stills before maturing in Oloroso Sherry casks, it has a deep, versatile flavour profile – mix it, drink it with ice, drink it neat. Life’s too short not to!
The Sexton Single Malt is available to purchase in Tesco, Supervalu, Celtic Whiskey Store, Carry Out, Fine Wines and select independent retailers and off-licenses, RRP €38.00. (17th Nov 2020)
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