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Angel’s Envy Bourbon with Port Finish

Angel's Envy Bourbon Whiskey

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.

Angel's Envy Bourbon with Port Wine Barrel Finish

Innovative American whiskey

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.

Tasting Notes

Mash bill:
72% corn, 18% rye and 10% malted barley
Matured in:
New charred American Oak, finished for 3-6 months in Ex-Port Wine Barrels
ABV: 43.3%
Colour: Golden amber
Nose: Starts with pleasant aromas of honey, maple syrup and leather. Light rubber notes. Corn and heavily charred toast.
Taste: Mellow corn notes start the show. Bit spicy. Red fruits, honey and oak. Pleasantly smooth, not being too light when it comes to taste.
Finish: Sugary yet burnt. Brown sugar and red fruits, along with nutmeg. Lots of oak combined with sweetness.
Balance: Although this bourbon is quite straight forward, I feel like the port barrel finish is adding soft layers behind those typical bourbon notes. The subtle red fruit notes give a nice touch. Good bourbon

Angel’s Envy Bourbon Scoring

88
Nose:Taste:Finish:Balance:
21
22
23
22
Distillery: Angel’s Envy distillery Region: Louisville, Kentucky, USA
Angel's Envy Whiskey Label with batch and bottle number

Can’t really tell from the writing whether it’s Batch number 12T or 72T. And bottle number 6264?

Angel's Envy Port Wine Barrel Finished American Bourbon Whiskey

Johannes Lindblom
Johannes Lindblom
Finnish whisky enthusiast and the author of WhiskyRant! A digital marketing professional by day – a whisky reviewer and informer by night.

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