Proximo launches ‘approachable’ Irish whiskey

Nov 21, 2017by Amy Hopkins

Proximo Spirits has launched a new brand of single malt Irish whiskey called The Sexton, which has been aged for four years in oloroso Sherry butts.

The Sexton has been created using liquid distilled at the Old Bushmills Distillery, which was acquired by Jose Cuervo in 2014 in exchange for giving previous owner Diageo full control of Don Julio Tequila. Proximo Spirits is the sister company of Jose Cuervo and is best-known for distributing the group’s namesake Tequila. The Sexton – derived from the medieval Latin word, sacristanus, meaning custodian of sacred objects – has been created by Alex Thomas, master blender for The Sexton. The whiskey has been triple-distilled in copper pots and then aged in first-, second-, and third-fill oloroso casks, giving it an “approachable” profile. “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,” said Thomas. She added: “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.” The Sexton will first launch in the US to capitalise on the “exponential growth the Irish whiskey category has experienced in America in recent years”. The single malt will carry an RRP of US$27.99.