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Review #134 The Sexton Single Malt Irish Whiskey

Updated: Apr 16, 2021

Distillery: Undisclosed (Likely Bushmills)

Proof: 80

Age: NAS (~ 4 Years)

Mashbill: 100% Malted Barley

BACKGROUND: The Sexton was a new Irish whisky released in 2018. The Sexton is a triple distilled whiskey made with 100% malted barley in copper pot stills. The distillery is not explicitly stated on the label but it was most likely distilled by Bushmills based on the label which refers to the distillation as having occurred in Northern Ireland’s County Antrim and Bushmills is the only distillery in that county. Also, the fact that it is a triple distilled 100% malted barley Irish whiskey is another giveaway that this comes from Bushmills. The Sexton comes in a cool looking, black and plop bottle with skeletons around the logo. The skeletons come from the word sexton which is an officer of a church, congregation or synagogue charged with the maintenance of its buildings and/or the surrounding graveyard. In addition, sextons were often charged with the digging of graves. The Sexton was aged in Spanish sherry wine oak casks.

NOSE: Malt notes lead this one off but there are some wonderfully sweet notes of soft fruit like apple and tangerine, very light cacao, light oak notes, and some copper tang. Overall, this is a delicate and light nose that is sweet and pleasing. (22/25)

PALATE: Like the nose, the palate is light and delicate. It again starts with a light maltiness that is accompanied by light fruit, soft floral notes (think chamomile), very light vanilla, and some metallic/copper notes. Overall this is a very smooth and easy sipping whiskey at 80 proof while maintaining flavor and delicacy. (30/40)

FINISH: The finish is medium in length and has a watery feel to it but consists of light sherry, young oak, and malt flavors. Again, the finish is delicate and smooth. (21/25)

VALUE: With a $25 SRP The Sexton is hard to beat! It is full of flavor while remaining delicate and smooth. (10/10)

Overall: 83/100

FINAL THOUGHTS: The Sexton is a very flavorful and amazingly priced Irish whiskey. The whiskey is overall delicate, easy to drink, and flavorful. I highly encourage everyone grab a bottle of this if you see it no matter what type of whiskey you like!

Similar & Slightly Better Whiskey: Green Spot

Similar & Equal Whiskey: Nikka Days Japanese Whiskey

Similar & Slightly Worse Whiskey: 10th Mountain Rye Whiskey

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Scoring Legend:

96-100: The perfect dram, juice of the gods

90-95: Near perfect, truly incredible whiskey

85-89: Amazing whiskey, will always try to keep a backup bottle of this

80-84: Very good, some minor flaws here or there

75-79: Good, quite enjoyable to drink, Will try and keep a bottle on the shelf

70-74: Solid, wouldn’t go out of my way to get this

60-69: Decent, would offer this up to non whiskey drinkers

50-59: Not my cup of tea

Below 50: Give away

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Bryan Walker
Bryan Walker
Mar 11, 2022

Very nice review to read as I am currently sipping on a glass of The Sexton during March of 2022 in honor of the Irish. I like your book selections in the picture too!

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