A new breed of Irish whiskey is set to shake up the spirits category this month. Newly launched, The Sexton® Single Malt Irish Whiskey is an unexpected single malt, rich in hue, approachable in taste and memorable in flavour, and is heading to bars now from its Northern Irish home.

Designed for a new modern whiskey drinker, The Sexton is just as delicious enjoyed in a cocktail as it is neat or on the rocks. Joining the market during an exciting time for the category, the new whiskey is perfectly placed to usher in a new era for Irish single malt.

The Sexton is the result of the unique vision and creativity of Master Blender Alex Thomas. Thomas is one of the world’s few female whiskey blenders and brings great expertise as well as bold and exciting new thinking and ideas.

Fascinated by the maturation phase of the whiskey-making process, Thomas created The Sexton to be the perfect balance between spirit and oak. “It’s fantastic to bring The Sexton Single Malt Irish Whiskey to Ireland during such an exciting time for the category. After years of experimenting with different cask profiles and laying the liquid to rest for just the right amount of time, I’m pleased to share a rich and deeply flavourful Irish single malt that is ideal for mixing in cocktails. In doing things differently, we want to celebrate those who are also forging their own path and leaving their mark on the world.”

Made from 100% Irish malted barley, The Sexton Single Malt is triple distilled for smoothness in copper pot stills and aged exclusively in Oloroso sherry butts.

The European oak casks are air-dried for 16 months, toasted from the inside to a medium-high level and seasoned with Oloroso sherry for two years. First, second and third fill Oloroso sherry casks are used to achieve a perfect harmony between sweet sherry flavours and toasted oak notes. The Sexton is a non-age statement whiskey, which allows Thomas the freedom to select casks when the profile is just as she wants it.

The result is a rich and smooth whiskey perfect for new cocktail experimentalists or for those wanting to put a modern twist on a classic serve.

The term ‘Sexton’ comes from the Medieval Latin word ‘sacristanus’, meaning custodian of sacred objects, and is used to describe the man who prepared the grave—the last man to witness the body before being laid to rest. As such, The Sexton Single Malt challenges people to make choices every day that will add up to a life story worth telling.

Along with the launch, The Sexton introduced some modern, fresh takes on classic cocktails:

THE HOLY GRAIL

50ml The Sexton Single Malt, top with soda water, 2 dashes Angostura bitters, serve over ice and garnish with a lemon peel.

LOVE IT TO DEATH

50ml The Sexton Single Malt, 25ml fresh lime juice, 12.5ml Aperol, 2 dashes Absinthe, 20ml sugar syrup, serve garnished with thyme and orange peel.

MOURNING, NOON & NIGHT

35ml The Sexton Single Malt, 25ml sweet vermouth, 25ml Campari, serve on the rocks & garnish with a lemon peel.

THE HAUNTED

50ml The Sexton Single Malt, 5ml coffee liqueur, 5ml maple syrup, 2 dashes chocolate bitters, serve on the rocks.

BURY THE HATCHET

50ml The Sexton Single Malt, 25ml lemon juice, 12.5ml gomme (sugar syrup), top with soda water and add a 15ml sweet sherry float, garnish with a wedge of lemon.

LAID TO REST

25ml The Sexton Single Malt, 5ml Pedro Ximenez sherry, 20ml Manzanilla sherry, 12.5ml spiced claret syrup, serve over crushed ice and garnish with mint leaves and dried spices.

DEAD OF NIGHT

35ml The Sexton Single Malt, 25ml lemon juice, 20ml sugar syrup, 1 egg white, 12.5ml red wine, shake and serve on the rocks.

CHILLED TO THE BONE

35ml The Sexton served on the rocks.

The Sexton Single Malt is available from November in high-end bars, restaurants and lounges as well as fine wine & spirits shops for a suggested retail price of €40.

For more information, see thesexton.com.

Pictured: Master Blender, Alex Thomas