Price Point: $40 – $50 for 750 ML
Distiller: Louisville Distilling Co.
Some whiskeys receive a heck of a lot of hype simply because they are different than their brethren. Angel’s Envy happens to be one of those whiskeys, and it receives so much attention because it is one of the few bourbons finished in a different type of cask than American Oak; in this case port casks are the finishing barrels.
I have nothing against other reviewers (and surely I am just as guilty myself), but it seems that sometimes whiskeys that are different get higher marks for that very reason. Angel’s Envy gets nearly across-the-board good reviews from other blogs, aside from a few rare exceptions. Let’s see where this different bourbon takes me.
The nose has a distinct rye spiciness, more so than the average bourbon. On top of that are black cherries, some mild banana, raisins, and a touch of almond.
A port influence is abundantly clear in the taste. Angel’s Envy is a very refined bourbon in that there isn’t a huge burn when the liquid is in your mouth. It tastes almost watered down (has a surprisingly thin consistency).
The finish ends abruptly, and then comes back for a short period of time. It’s sweet and spicy all at once.
Rating & Recommendations
Despite all the hype around it, Angel’s Envy just doesn’t do it for me. It earns a rating of 81 out of 100.
This was just an underwhelming whiskey despite its following and generally good reviews online. It just seems a bit flat for would should be a very interesting whiskey.