Angel’s Envy out of Louisville, Kentucky is known for its small batch, port-cask finished bourbons. One of the more anticipated offerings to come from there each year is the Cask Strength version and, for 2021, it will be hitting retail in December.
The Angel’s Envy 2021 Cask Strength Bourbon Whiskey Finished in Port Wine Barrels, noted the distillery, marks the tenth release in this program. For this year it is bottled at 120.7 proof (60.35% ABV) and packaged in a commemorative and collectible carved hardwood box.
For those unfamiliar with the Cask Strength offerings, the Henderson family, the founders of the brand, select “a handful of noteworthy barrels from its rickhouses to put through an extended finishing process in port wine barrels from Portugal. These special barrels bring forward distinct characteristics in the whiskey, giving each expression of Angel’s Envy Cask Strength a unique nose, palate and finish.”
“Putting together our annual Cask Strength release has become something of a tradition for our family. It’s hard to believe that we’ve been doing it for ten years.” said Wes Henderson, Co-Founder and Chief Innovation Officer of Angel’s Envy, in prepared statement. “Back in 2012, our first Cask Strength release was a run of just 600 bottles available in only two states. So to see fans all over the country chasing down these bottles and sharing them with their friends and family as a special way to toast over the holidays or as a gift – it’s very rewarding and a reflection of how much Angel’s Envy has grown over the past decade.”
Plans call for just 14,760 bottles to be available at select retailers in all 50 U.S. states, pricing around $230 per 750 ml bottle.
Official tasting notes indicate it is “complex on the nose, with notes of peach and cherry accompanied by hints of brandy, tea and honey. Notes of leather, toasted oak and vanilla carry into the palate, along with flavors of stone fruit and port that give way to creamy crème brulee and honey with nutty marzipan. The finish features slight tannins and notes of black tea, apricot and smoke.”
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