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The Sexton Single Malt Irish Whiskey Review

By Josh Peters @TheWhiskeyJug

The Sexton Single Malt Irish Whiskey

The Sexton Single Malt Irish Whiskey is a new face on the Irish Whiskey market, but unlike most new faces it’s not a blend, but a sherried single malt which was honestly a bit shocking to see. I was first lured in with the crazy looking bottle and the macabre gothy label but it was the fact it was a sherried Irish single malt that voodoo’d me to take it home.

Put out by Proximo spirits the distiller of The Sexton Single Malt Irish Whiskey is unknown, but I have a pretty good idea who it is. Not too long ago Bushmill’s (located in the north of Ireland) released a sherry cask single malt for its Steamship series and Proximo has been the owner of Bushmill’s since 2014. I can’t help but think this comes from some of the same stocks.

Whiskey Review: The Sexton Single Malt Irish Whiskey

The Sexton Single Malt Irish Whiskey Color

In Proximo’s Words: The Sexton Single Malt Irish Whiskey

“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.”

The Sexton Single Malt Irish Whiskey price, ABV, age and other details

Region: Ireland

Distiller: Unknown (but I really think it’s Bushmill’s)
Bottler: Proximo Spirits
Mash Bill: 100% Malted Barley
Cask: ex-Sherry
Age: NAS (4 Years)
ABV: 40%

Price: $35

The Sexton Single Malt Irish Whiskey Tasting Notes

EYE
Dark copper

NOSE
Malt, cocoa, citrus, apples, sherry, angel’s food cake, candy shoppe and some acetone and metallic notes.

PALATE
Sherry, malt, cocoa, toffee, strawberry jam, cinnamon, nuts, dried apricot, metallic notes and a bit of mint.

FINISH
Long -> Sherry, malt, citrus, apricot

BALANCE, BODY & FEEL
Good sense of balance, medium and a velvety feel.

The Sexton Single Malt Irish Whiskey Review – OVERALL

Sweet and far denser than I would have thought based on the proof; The Sexton Single Malt Irish Whiskey is rather intense for what it is and I’m really enjoying it. I’m going to have a hard time not killing this entire bottle before St. Paddy’s day. The aroma is malty fruity with a copper sweetness and the palate shows heavy with sherry and malt.

The overall sense I get from this whiskey is that some high-quality sherry casks, though not first-fill, were used here. Besides aging a bit longer, the only way they could make The Sexton Single Malt Irish Whiskey better is if they didn’t skimp on it and bottled it at least at 46% and non-chill filtered. I know the tide is turning in Irish Whiskey to deliver their amazing malts in a purer form, but it’s a pity to see whiskeys that could be stellar diluted along the way.

SCORE: 86/100 (B)

The Sexton Single Malt Irish Whiskey Review

The Sexton Single Malt Irish Whiskey Label

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