Angel’s Envy Names Owen Martin Its New Master Distiller

| September 23, 2022

Louisville-based whiskey maker Angel’s Envy recently announced Owen Martin as the company’s newest master distiller.

In a statement from the distiller, it’s noted that starting Oct. 17th, Martin will lead all aspects of production and oversee innovation for Angel’s Envy, including its annual cask strength program and limited release Cellar Collection and Founder’s Collection programs.

Martin is the first appointed master distiller for Angel’s Envy since co-founder and master distiller, Lincoln Henderson, passed away in 2013.

Owen Martin

Louisville-based whiskey maker Angel’s Envy recently announced Owen Martin as the company’s newest master distiller. (image via Angel’s Envy)

“Angel’s Envy has always strived to revere tradition while embracing progress, so when looking for our new master distiller, we knew we needed to find someone who fully embodied that philosophy and innovative spirit,” said Gigi DaDan, Angel’s Envy general manager.

“Owen’s experience in product development and experimentation and his progressive outlook regarding what’s next for the industry, as well as the leadership he has demonstrated throughout his career in defining and championing American whiskey categories, make him a perfect fit to lead Angel’s Envy into our exciting future,” she added.

Martin will work at Angel’s Envy’s newly-expanded distillery in downtown Louisville.

“Angel’s Envy has been a trailblazer in redefining the finished whiskey category in the U.S., and the chance to be a part of the next chapter for a young brand that has already made such a large impact on the industry is truly the opportunity of a lifetime,” Martin said, in the prepared statement. “I look forward to bringing my knowledge of secondary cask finishing and unique perspective of European and American production techniques, as well as my expertise in product development and passion for experimentation, to the foremost secondary-finished bourbon and rye producer in the country.”

Martin joins Angel’s Envy from Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey, where he rose through the ranks during his six-year tenure, most recently serving as head distiller.

Martin explained that his love of finished whiskeys came about while studying at the iconic Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland. Throughout his career, he said he continued to gain a unique knowledge of whiskey maturation techniques domestically and internationally.

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