Angel’s Envy Cask Strength Bourbon Whiskey

Angel’s Envy Cask Strength Bourbon Whiskey

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 Angel’s Envy Cask Strength Bourbon Whiskey

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It’s hard for me to believe that Angel’s Envy Cask Strength has reached it’s 10th anniversary, but here we are! “”Back in 2012, our first Cask Strength release was a run of just 600 bottles available in only two states,” said company co-founder Wes Henderson in a press release. This current installment saw a run of 14,700 bottles, so the expression has grown massively. The production process behind it has been tweaked as well, shortening the Port cask finish and pulling back on that Port influence in the stronger version. Angel’s Envy Cask Strength remains a barn burner, though, clocking at 120.7 proof.

The Bourbon
As with any whiskey poking above 60% ABV, I added a splash of water from the start. The nose on this whiskey leads with allspice and oak, followed with a strong current of bourbon brown sugar sweetness, accented with dried apricots. The palate follows in much the same vein, but with the woody aspect developing a leathery character, while the sweet side adds a note of boozy plums. The woody current, turning from oak to cedar, carried over into the finish and rode into the sunset.

This whiskey was provided to us as a review sample by Angel’s Envy. This in no way, per our editorial policies, influenced the final outcome of this review. It should also be noted that by clicking the buy link towards the bottom of this review our site receives a small referral payment which helps to support, but not influence, our editorial and other costs.

As evident in Angel’s Envy Cask Strength Bourbon Finished in Port Wine Barrels, blending the Portugal-based flavors of Port wine and the American tradition of bourbon is a recipe for a successful pairing. The drier elements of port and the sweeter elements of bourbon combine for a balanced profile that really stands out.

The founders of Angel’s Envy, the Henderson family, select “a handful of noteworthy barrels from its rickhouses to put through an extended finishing process in port wine barrels from Portugal. These special barrels bring forward distinct characteristics in the whiskey, giving each expression of Angel’s Envy Cask Strength a unique nose, palate and finish.” The selected barrels are 60-gallon ruby Port barrels, contributing to a smooth bourbon that manages to avoid being too sweet but does capture some of the wintry spirit port conjures.

Angel’s Envy released their first Cask Strength expression in 2012, offering only 600 bottles available in two states. Since then, the movement has grown, with fans of the brand clamoring to add to their collection with each new release, and this year the limited-edition release will be packaged in a hand-carved hardwood box, with 14,760 bottles available.

The distillery is based out of Louisville, Kentucky, and has steadily risen through the ranks of the Kentucky whiskey world. It feels like Angel’s Envy has been around longer than its nearly twelve-year run, which speaks to the commitment that has gone into the process from the Henderson family and all the hardworking craftspeople involved.

 

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