Sunday, May 12, 2013

Bourbon: Angel's Envy

Angel's Envy is a new small-batch Kentucky straight bourbon, and it's finished in Port barrels, so expect something a bit different from your usual oak barrel-aged whiskey. Crafted by master distiller Lincoln Henderson (himself a legend in the bourbon world as creator of Woodford Reserve and Old Forester) in Lexington, KY, Angel's Envy is available in finer spirit shops nationally.  It's 86.6 proof (or 43.3% ABV) and retails for around $44.99 per 750mL bottle. Thanx to Aaron at Ro-Bro for the sampling consideration!

I tasted this one under a couple of conditions, noted below. First, the appearance of Angel's Envy is quite light, being a sandy tan/brown/amber.

First, I tasted this one straight, at room temperature. The aroma was warm and spicy, with notes of oak and a hint of fruit. Tasted smooth going down, with tones of spice, wood, and some dark fruit (albeit so very subtle). Finish was a typical whiskey burn, and more of that subtle fruit. Very nice!

Next tasting I did was with some ice cubes. Again, straight with no additional water or mixer. The chill brought out the bourbon's dryness, and muted some of the complexities. I got sweeter tones, and even a touch of honey in this tasting.

It's easy to see that this is a premium bourbon with texture and nuance, and it's certainly worth a try for any serious bourbon fan. Highly recommended!

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