A mate of mine once responded, after being told he “Had” to do something

“Only thing I have to do is die…” which, although a tad morbid, is true. It is a certainty that at some point you will shuffle off the mortal coil and join the choir invisible, to paraphrase Monty Python.  So the death bit a certainty, afterwards is a bit of a mystery, some think the soul goes to another place, some think the end is the end and for others you go round for another go, oblivious to the last time round. Whatever happens, certainty is good but the mysteries are what make things interesting.

A Sexton is someone who assists around religious buildings, sometimes the dead, and experiences first hand the mysteries of death. Well there is now a “mysterious” new Whiskey on the market named after these assistants, and it has a deathly marketing campaign. Skull, in top hat, on the label and all. On the website the mystery is solved by the line “Born in the cold northern reaches of County Antrim, alongside Saint Columb’s Rill.” Hmm wonder where that could be?

Sexton has a lovely bottle, which lots of people will love, especially for father’s day! Very dark blue, hexagonal, really rather nice. There is a huge part of me loves the idea of this bottling. Sexy labeling, funky bottle but the thing is that it is almost the same as the fantastic Blackbush but is younger, not as complex and more expensive, not anything that would make you warm to it. This is a good bottle but the fact that they don’t directly state where it is from is annoying, and a little puzzling. The new owners of the place “Alongside Saint Columb’s Rill” have been upping the game recently but this feels like a reincarnation of something that hasn’t passed yet. A sherry cask single malt, when they already sell a very high Malt content sherry cask finished bottling. Why change from what is already being produced and, even worse charge more for it? Nice bottle though.

Nose – Spicy, nutty and more than a little like BlackBush 2/3

Palate – Spice, Christmas cake with Sherry, hazel nuts, very young Oak/ wood 1.5/3

Finish- Short but clean. Oak comes to the fore with a mixed basket which is not distinctive. Slightly too sweet for me.  1.5/3

Value for money- this is a more expensive version of Blackbush and not as good.  0/1

Total 5/10

There are 4 comments
  1. Marita Boyd

    How do I buy Ulster whiskies ?

    • Marty McAuley

      Try: Bushmills, Quietman, Dunvilles… Truth is try any Irish Whiskey and enjoy. The reason I call this site UlsterWhiskey is due to the unique position the Province holds in the story of Whiskey.

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