I recently ordered the New Zealand High Wheeler 21 YO Single Grain, more to have it because the distillery is no longer operating. Some purchases are just like that and nothing more. Well, off I went to pick up my new purchase and low and behold I stumbled upon a distributer and ambassador in the midst of a tasting with the store whisky specialist, Holly Seidewand, aka herwhiskylove. Holly invited me to taste the new whisky. Yay! Unexpected pleasures are the best.
Sexton is an Irish Single Malt produced by Bushmills as a no age statement, easy drinking malt. The packaging and the price ($28 range) appears geared towards the younger, new to Irish whiskey set. It came out around Halloween – packaging perfect.
The nose and palate are both sweet with hints of the whiskey’s time in sherry casks. The sweetness soon fades as does the overall taste. No burn, no real finish, but pour this youngster over some ice and you have a light, very light welcome to the world of single malt. Full disclosure: I have a bit of a cold so my nosing and tasting is not at 100% this week.
The distributer then offered me a glass of Bushmills 21 YO. Now that’s what I call a special pour. One I would never refuse! I have a bottle of the 21 YO and find it lush with a sweetness brought out by the Madeira and viscosity that reminds me of the Glenmorangie Signet. Oh my, oh my, indeed. I should try them side by side sometime.
Well, then it was time to head off to lunch at a favorite deli Moody’s Delicatessen & Provisions. This place makes the best damn truffle potato chips that I have ever eaten. I drive 50 minutes for this $2.00 bag of delight.
Buy whisky, drink whisky, swoon over potato chips, grab a deli sandwich and back home again by 1:30 pm. Not a bad outing.
I raise a glass to living life, enjoying each moment of simple pleasures with gusto and sharing the good times with family and friends!