We here at The Whisky List have a mission statement that we very much believe in and live by — To help people find great whisky!
As we happily discovered back in December last year, the EXPLORE Whisky Club is very much aligned with this sentiment.
For February 2019 we have not one, but two whiskies to delve into and we have been given the opportunity to once again look at what they are up to - and, of course, we were more than happy to oblige!
The Sexton Single Malt Irish Whiskey
Irish Single Malt Whiskey
750ml, 40% ABV
Owner: Proximo Spirits
The Sexton is a new name on the Australian scene, hailing from Northern Ireland and arriving in a very cool looking, black hexagonal bottle. In terms of specs we have a 100% malted barley, triple distilled spirit, which is relatively unusual as a lot of Irish Whiskey is a mix of malted and un-malted (‘green’) barley.
Maturation for this release was 100% Oloroso sherry butts, another relative rarity in Irish whiskey. Very keen to see where this goes next based on the unusual specs, cool bottle design and the potential of the producer and distillers (we suspect Bushmill had a hand in this).
Nose: Very chocolate and fruit driven. Reminiscent of a freshly broken Cadbury Fruit n Nut bar with some dried apple on the side. Higher sweet notes verging on acetone but more like boiled candy.
Palate: Sherry definitely evident in that almost overripe sultana way, with a bit of damp cork thrown in. Fruit appears, like dried apricots and plums. A bit of dark chocolate and coffee bean followed by an unusual, but welcome tinge of freshly crushed mint/sage.
The Hudson — Maple Cask Rye Whiskey
American Rye Whiskey
375ml, 46% ABV
Owner: Tuthilltown Spirits
There are some amazing parallels between what is going on in the craft beer and spirits scenes in Australia and the US.
We cover quite a lot of local releases (and will continue to do so!) but it’s always exciting when we get our hands on something from the smaller producers from our friends in the USA to have a go at.
Today we are sampling the most recent bottling of a special edition from Tuthilltown Spirits from New York — a relatively unknown brand locally, but one we hope to see a lot more from based on impressions from this release!
The Hudson Maple Cask Rye Whiskey is made from a double distilled 100% rye mash bill produced using grain grown locally in New York. The distillate was then aged in virgin American oak barrels before being finished in maple syrup ‘cured’ barrels — these are whisky barrels that have been used to age maple syrup by a local partner, Woods Syrup, then decanted and returned to the distillery to finish off this release.
Nose: Cinnamon donuts, cloves (ground up), artificial cherry flavour (in a good way), cranberry, white pepper,
Palate: Cinnamon and cherry promised by the nose much in evidence, along with a delicious thread of maple syrup, young but not overly spicy rye and some definite vanillin/oak influence. The oak and spice build up overtime but in a pleasing manner. Very dessert like.