Angel’s Envy bourbon comes with a unique twist, a port finish. It has a very traditional mash bill of 72% corn, 18% rye and 10% malted barley. But the finishing touch it gets from spending 3 to 6 months in sweet port wine barrels, is interesting. Eight to ten barrels are used for each batch.
The distillery is located in Louisville, Kentucky and the man behind the distillery was Master Distiller Lincoln Henderson (1938-2013). Lincoln, creator of brands like Woodford Reserve and Gentleman Jack, was one of the inaugural inductees into the Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame. He also received “Lifetime Achievement Award” from Malt Advocate.
Wes Henderson, the son of Lincoln, helped his father to create Angel’s Envy whiskey. And Wes continues to manage the distillery.
Needless to say, Angel’s Envy offers a modern take on bourbon. In my opinion this is an innovative approach to making traditional American whiskey. Combining tradition and experimenting. And they’ve experimented well, I must add.
I usually go for the powerful cask strength bourbons like Wild Turkey Rare Breed or Elijah Craig Barrel Proof. I also love Blanton’s Single Barrel. But in my book, Angel’s Envy gets near those legendary whiskies. Even though it has much lower alcohol by volume level (meaning it can have less taste) and it’s not from single cask.
Well done family Henderson and folks at Louisville Distilling Co.