Angel's Envy 2019 Cask Strength Bourbon Clocks In At 122.4 Proof - The Whiskey Wash

Angel’s Envy 2019 Cask Strength Bourbon Clocks In At 122.4 Proof

By Nino Marchetti / October 17, 2019

The Angel’s Envy distillery in Kentucky, as its annual contribution to the fall whiskey release cycle, typically kicks out to market a limited edition, cask strength version of its popular bourbon finished in port barrels. Said tradition continues into this year as well, with the planned November release of the 2019 variant on this whiskey.

The new Angel’s Envy 2019 Cask Strength Bourbon Finished In Port Barrels, according to those behind it, comes to market at 122.4 proof, or 61.2% ABV. The process behind this bourbon is that each year generations of the Henderson family, the founders of Angel’s Envy, select what’s described as “a handful of truly remarkable barrels” of the base whiskey from their rick house that “are put through a lengthy finishing process in Portuguese port wine casks.”

“Our annual Angel’s Envy Cask Strength Bourbon release started in 2012 with my father Lincoln, my son Kyle and me, and it has gone on to become a tradition in our family,” said Wes Henderson, Chief Innovation Officer and Co-founder of Angels Envy, in a prepared statement. “Each year’s hand- selected Cask Strength Bourbon is a little bit different, and we’re excited for our fans, who we consider part of our own family, to experience this year’s release and take part in this tradition with us for the eighth year.”

Angel's Envy 2019 Cask Strength Bourbon Finished In Port Barrels

Angel’s Envy 2019 Cask Strength Bourbon Finished In Port Barrels (image via Angel’s Envy)

Plans call for just over 14,000 bottles of this bourbon to be released in AZ, CA, CO, CT, FL, GA, IL, IN, KY, LA, MD, MA, MI, MN, MO, NJ, NV, NH, NY, OH, OR, PA, TN, TX, WA, Washington D.C. and Domestic Military at a price point of around $200 per 750 ml bottle. Official tasting notes you’ll find below for your consideration.

Angel’s Envy 2019 Cask Strength Bourbon Finished in Port Barrels offers notes of honey, apple, butterscotch, toffee and mellow vanilla, as well as hints of oak and toast. On the nose, notes of honeyed apple, peach, apricot and overripe banana are present, along with black tea, toasted oak with a slight char and faint floral notes. The medium-length finish includes pleasant tannin notes trailing into black tea. Angel’s Envy recommends sipping Angel’s Envy 2019 Cask Strength Bourbon Finished in Port Barrels neat or with a splash of water to release its flavor nuances.