The Sexton Single Malt Irish Whiskey came to life last week when it was formally launched with a photography exhibition under the theme “Own the Night” at The Project Arts Centre in Temple Bar.
Made in Co. Antrim, this recent addition the the drinks scene is aged in Oloroso Sherry oak casks and bottled at 40% ABV. While there is no age statement, it was noted in a review on thewhiskeywash.com that it’s aged four to five years.
The Sexton Single Malt Irish Whiskey Master Blender, Alex Thomas, took inspiration for her new brand from the person whose job was to guard sacred objects and to prepare the grave for those about to be laid to rest.
While its pleasant on its own, it worked really well in cocktails. On the eveing of the launch, attendees were able to try four different cocktails inspired by the brand’s story. Below, one of these, named “Laid to Rest.”
Laid to Rest – Irish whiskey cocktail recipe
– 25 ml The Sexton Single Malt Irish Whiskey
– 20 ml Manzanilla Sherry
– 12.5 ml Spiced Claret syrup*
– 5 ml Pedro Ximénez
1. Pour the whiskey in a glass with crushed ice.
2. Add the Manzanilla Sherry, syrup and Predro Ximénez and stir gently.
3. Garnish with mint sprig and dried spiced.
*For the spiced Claret syrup
While I didn’t get the Claret syrup recipe they used on the night, a quick way to make it is to substitute water for Claret (or the red wine you have at hand) and make a simple syrup (one part of wine per part of sugar).
Heat and stir until the sugar disolves, but don’t let it boil. As for the spiced part, let it sit with a cinnamon stick or chai spices for a day and remove before using.
The Sexton Single Malt Irish Whiskey is available at the Celtic Whiskey Shop, priced at €45.