**This review was conducted by Ian Fallon, a founding member of SWC, and does not reflect the opinions of the entire club**
Angel’s Envy is a bourbon I have been wanting to experience for a while now. It’s about time, pretty much every other blog on the planet wrote their review years ago. And what’s not to like: small batch, barrel and bottle numbers clearly noted, finished in ruby port casks, and created by a Master Distiller by way of Lincoln Henderson. But thankfully interesting doesn’t always mean good. Angel’s Envy claims that it’s product is composed of straight bourbons aged up to 6 years, and then finished in Ruby port pipes for a period of 3 – 6 months.
I am somewhat new to port, but from what I’ve had, I really like. Ruby ports tend to be the sweeter range of the port selections, offering rich decadent fruit flavors of raisins, berries, and plums, to name a few. According to Wes Henderson, the mash bill consists of 72% corn, 18% rye, and 12% malted barley and clocks in at a humble 43.3% ABV. The Henderson family does not distill Angel’s Envy, they purchase the barrels from multiple Kentucky distilleries. Not that there is anything wrong with that, you know.
As a fan of port and sherry finished whiskies, I was ready to fall in love with this bottle. Let’s see how it held up.
Nose: Strong ethanol, hard to get around even after adding water; thick oak, faint whiffs of red fruit. Not detecting the rye here.
Taste: Comes across as a young whiskey; again thick oak; light (and I mean light) red grape; little sweet sugar-water kick; ethanol and oak dominate the palate.
Finish: One dimensional note of wood, hangs out for a fair amount.
Comments: Personally, I had high expectations when purchasing this whiskey. I really wanted to find the fruit notes one would expect. Unfortunately, they were not to be found. Instead, I got young whiskey that while not “bad,” it didn’t deliver anything of real particular interest, and I had to fight through a bunch of ethanol to enjoy!. At $40+ a bottle, there should be more going on here.
Rating: 78 – Perhaps I got weak/bad bottle. If that is the case, I hope someone can give me another go and change my mind on the matter.