New Irish Whiskey Has a Local Debut
The Sexton is brewed by one of the world's very few female whiskey blenders.
Image by Kristan Lawson
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."