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Proximo launches The Sexton Irish whiskey

Spirits producer Proximo is launching The Sexton single malt Irish whiskey, a brand inspired by the north coast of Ireland and its whiskey tradition.

It has been aged for four years in former sherry butts and launches first in the United States.

This new Irish single malt appears in a striking, hexagonal black lacquered bottle. The term ‘Sexton’ is derived 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.

At the helm, master blender Alex Thomas, one of the world’s few female whiskey blenders, has over 13 years honing her craft.

Thomas says: “It’s exciting to bring The Sexton Single Malt Irish Whiskey to the United States during a time when the Irish whiskey category is experiencing record-breaking growth. 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, perfect for every day and every man.”

Crafted from 100% malted barley that is triple-distilled in copper pots, The Sexton is then aged in first, second and third fill Oloroso sherry casks. The whiskey has been intentionally laid to rest for just four years.

Thomas adds: “We’re using classic Irish single malt techniques to craft The Sexton, with only three ingredients of 100% malted barley, yeast and water from Ireland. But what makes us truly special is our maturation process. We’re purposely aging our whiskey for four years in carefully selected casks to create a fresh, new-style single malt which is bold in personality yet extremely approachable. In doing things differently we want to celebrate those who are also forging their own path and leaving their mark on the world.”

Available first exclusively in the United States, The Sexton will be served at bars and restaurants as well as spirits shops for a suggested retail price of $27.99 USD. For more information on The Sexton, please visit or @thesexton on Instagram, @thesextonwhiskey on Facebook or @sextonwhiskey on Twitter.

20 November 2017 - Sam Coyne The Drinks Report, news editor