Of bourbons at this point, one of my favorites is Angel’s Envy. I’ve got every offering they’ve put out for public consumption to date, and now have my eyes on tracking down a bottle of the just released Cask Strength expression that will feel right at home in my whiskey cabinet next to the other Angel’s Envy bottles.
Angel’s Envy Cask Strength, according to distiller Louisville Distilling Company, was a very creative endeavor by the now late master distiller Lincoln Henderson. Using locally sourced grains and
Kentucky limestone water, Lincoln aged this Expression to the perfect level of richness and maturity (up to eight years) in the few American white oak barrels that made the cut. He then chose to blend those barrels into a single batch and age the bourbon in hand-selected port casks (up to three years) until he tasted a previously undiscovered sweet spot.
Bottled at 123-proof and 61.5% alcohol by volume, it prices at around $149 for a 750 ml bottle. Getting hold of a bottle will likely be very tough given that (1) it is one of the last craftings of Henderson and (2) only 350 total 9-liter cases are being released to retailers in a handful of states.
The flavor profile of this cask strength bourbon offers up a taste with hints of “vanilla and roasted chocolate collide, with distinct notes of plum and light oak. This complex mingling of vanilla bean, spice and dried fruits results in a subtle silkiness with a long finish.”
Nino Kilgore-Marchetti is the founder and editor-in-chief of The Whiskey Wash, an award winning whiskey lifestyle website dedicated to informing and entertaining consumers about whisk(e)y on a global level. As a whisk(e)y journalist, expert and judge he has written about the subject extensively, been interviewed in various media outlets and...