Angel’s Envy Background
Angel’s Envy was launched by Lincoln and Wes Henderson after he spent 39 years at Brown-Forman. He started at Brown-Forman as a chemist and worked his way up to Master Distiller. He’s credited as helping to bring major products to market such as Woodford Reserve and Gentleman Jack. After he retired, he and his son Wes started the new brand Angel’s Envy.
Angel’s Envy is a unique startup. They source this Bourbon and then barreled it in port casks for Portugal. The Bourbon is finished for about 6 months after aged 6-7 years in American white oak.
The goal of Angel’s Envy was to make a whiskey that was more subtle and refined. The addition of finishing the Bourbon in port casks offers a unique flavor and body for a mild Bourbon.
No age statement, but said to be 6-7 Years Old. Bottled at 80-proof. About 15-20% rye. Paid $46.
Caramel, Vanilla, Fruity aromatics. Red table wine. Light charred oak. A little mint.
Sweet, fruity, candy apples. Red wine. Plums. A bit of mint. A little citrus. Fruit Stripe gum. I don’t even know the last time I had that. Some corn. Delicate with a punch of sweet fruitiness. A touch of warming in the finish.
This is a store selection barrel. I picked it up from Big Red in Indianapolis last year when I was in town for the Big Ten championship game. So, your mileage may vary a bit on my tasting.
This seems well executed with some nice character from the finishing port barrels. Only real issue is it’s light. The body appears a bit viscous, but it’s still light in flavor and overall body. I’d love to try this at a higher proof. It’s a dangerous sipper, especially on a warm evening like tonight.
As I understand it, the goal was to make a Bourbon with mass appeal. In this regard I think it hits the mark. Like a beer intended to be a crowd pleaser, Angel’s Envy may not appeal to everyone all the time. Appreciating it for what it is, it’s a nice sipper at a modernly premium price. Based on the price, being a little unusual with a barrel finish, and its light nature, I’ll going to recommend try this one before buying.
Try a Glass – 2.5 out of 5.0 Rating
(My 5 point scale: Pass, Try a Glass, Buy a Bottle, Buy Again, Shut Up and Take My Money – Bottle price is taken into consideration for recommendations.)
Buying Options and Further Research
Angel’s Envy is unique with it’s barrel finish, but we’ll grade it as a standard Bourbon. Some similar Bourbons in the price range also worth looking into include Baker’s, Wild Turkey Kentucky Spirit, and John J Bowman.
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