This is Angel’s Envy third annual release of their limited cask strength bourbon finished in port wine barrels. The bottle comes in a very attractive glass door box, with velvet laid inside where the bottle rests. Bottled at 127.9 proof, this is the highest proof Angel’s Envy ever offered and the sourced bourbon was aged up to 7 years before being blended and finished in port wine casks. Just 7,500 bottles were released and retail around $165. I enjoy their regular Angel’s Envy offerings, but have never tried this cask strengthen offering. Let’s see what this has to offer……….
Nose: Heavy & rich caramel/toffee, vanilla, nut, berries, herbal notes. Great nose and doesn’t give off that it has been finished in port wine barrels. Just smells like a great bourbon!
Palate: Caramel, chocolate, nut, and cinnamon. Nice and balanced with a great oily mouth-feel. For 127.9 proof it is actually pretty enjoyable neat.
Finish: Long and warm. Caramel is very present going down which then transitions to herbal, oak, chocolate, dry finish.
Grade: 87 – 89 (B+) = Great, Always want to have a bottle
Taste wise, I really enjoy this bottle. This isn’t very strong on the port finish. It has the sweet and nutty notes that I greatly enjoy in my bourbon. However, the price tag is what holds me back in putting this at an A-. I for sure want a bottle, but buying much more is getting a little pricey for me. With Angel’s Envy beginning bought out last year by Barcardi, it will be interesting to see how things unfold in the coming years. Cheers!Tags: angel's envy bourbon, Angel’s Envy Cask Strength 2015 Review, Bourbon, bourbon blog, bourbon ranking, bourbon review, cleveland, review, whiskey, Whiskey blog, Whiskey review