Editor’s Note: 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.
The world of whiskey is always changing and evolving. Different oak finishes, mash bills, and aging practices. Angel’s Envy is a prime example of not being afraid to trying something new. Be it their ruby port finished flagship or the rum cask finished rye, they definitely keep things interesting. Recently they’ve been playing with limited release, alternative cask finished variants to their bourbon – the 2019 variant was finalized in ex-Oloroso sherry casks, and for 2020 what we are seeing now is finishing done in tawny port barrels.
I’ll admit to not knowing very much about the world of port wines and variations thereof. I wasn’t sure if there would be much of a difference between the ruby and tawny versions of the bourbon. The answer is a definite yes. In regards to the process, the tawny is aged 10 years, versus the six year flagship bourbon. It’s also a bigger whiskey at 111.6 proof.
I have a feeling that this will be a much sought after whiskey. When you’re a fan, you are a fan. The limited run of just 5,400 bottles will be available for purchase beginning on February 8 at select retailers in KY, CA, FL, IL, NY and TN, as well as at the Angel’s Envy distillery in downtown Louisville, Kentucky.
Tasting Notes: Angel’s Envy Tawny Port Wine Barrel Finish Bourbon
Vital Stats: 111.6 proof, 55.8% ABV, aged 10 years, finished for 10 months in port barrels. 5400 bottles produced and priced at $250 per 750ml.
Appearance: Burnt orange, smoked honey, some legs upon swirling.
Nose: Boozy initially, followed by green apple and a hint of dark cherry.
Palate: Light body but big flavor. Some citrus mixed with honey/caramel with a finish of honeydew. Adding a few drops of water or an ice cube really brings out the fruit elements.
This was a fun one.The initial nose was all booze, but once the senses settled, I picked up the fruit elements. Tasting it is definitely an experience. There’s a lot of things going on. Found myself closing my eyes and simply enjoying the journey of the flavors. It’s a win and I wish there was more supply of the juice.
I would certainly recommend picking up a bottle if you can. It is on the spendy side, but also one that I believe should be tasted at least once.
User Review3.15 (46 votes)
Kenji is a bartender in Portland, Oregon at the Pope House Bourbon Lounge. A bourbon enthusiast for decades. He likes big whiskeys, pretty much anything over 100 proof.