New Irish Whiskey Has a Local Debut

The Sexton is brewed by one of the world's very few female whiskey blenders.


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North America's best-selling single-malt whiskey, The Sexton, had its official Bay Area debut this week. 

At San Francisco's exclusive Bourbon & Branch speakeasy, master distiller Alex Thomas — one of the world's very few female whiskey blenders — introduced the deliberately affordable new spirit which just begs to be used in highballs or sipped, gliding in a fruity, marzipanish, caramelly way across the tongue. 

Having launched on this nation's East Coast last fall, racking up record-breaking sales and now stocked in East Bay BevMo stores, The Sexton is made on Ireland's northern coast with only three ingredients: yeast, water, and 100 percent malted barley. Triple-distilled in copper pots, it is then aged for four years in Oloroso sherry casks. 

A sexton, Thomas declared, "is a caretaker of precious things" — and she considers that her job description, along with "making the right choices every day and making every moment matter." 

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