Growing up, Alex Thomas’grandad and father both enjoyed drinking whiskey. There was always a bottle of single malt brought out to celebrate special occasions, or to commemorate the life of a friend or family member that had passed.“My grandad always said a hot whiskey could cure any ailment, so I was always fascinated about the magical liquid and dreamt that one day I could be involved in its production,” says Thomas, who is now one of the world’s few female whiskey blenders with her own single malt: “He would be a very proud man to see and taste The Sexton.”(The Sexton/PA)
Made from 100% Irish malted barley, The Sexton Single Malt Irish Whiskey is triple distilled for smoothness in copper pot stills, and aged exclusively in oloroso sherry butts. The result is a rich, smooth whiskey, perfect for cocktail experimentalists, or those wanting to put a modern twist on a classic serve.In honour of World Whiskey Day, and with there being a wider range of roles available than ever before in the industry, Thomas hopes more women will follow her nose…How get did you get a foot in the door?“Back then, positions didn’t come up that often, but I kept my ear to the ground for opportunities. My husband Steven works as a senior operative at the Bushmills Distillery, and in 2004 encouraged me to apply for a new opening. I jumped at the chance.”Which part of the whiskey making process do you enjoy most?(The Sexton/PA)“I quickly grew fond of the wood seasoning and ageing process – for me, maturation is the most exciting time in the whiskey making process. As my love for the craft became stronger, I began to fantasise about creating my own whiskey.“I received my distilling diploma in 2012 and started to experiment in both the distillation process and the wood and seasoning process. It was through this intense experimentation that The Sexton was born.”Which route should women consider taking to get into whiskey?
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