Tasted: Neat, in glencairn glass. Sample provided by Louisville Distilling Co.
Angel’s Envy bourbon is the entry level offering from Louisville Distilling Co. with a suggested retail of $46.99. This bourbon is aged for 4-6 years in American white oak barrels and finished in hand-selected port wine barrels for an incremental 3-6 months. The name is a play on the concept of the angel’s share, which is that amount whiskey lost to evaporation during the long aging process.
The Angel’s Envy distillery is located in downtown Louisville and hope to have their new distillery up and running this year. Also an interesting note. Angel’s Envy was recently purchased by Bacardi. It will be fascinating to see if that changes anything. Maybe they start using Bacardi rum cask?
Nose: Heavy corn. Citrus. Spice. Caramel.
Palate: Ripe berries from that port barrel is present on the palate. Corn. Caramel. Vanilla. Spice. Medium mouth feel. Unique combination of flavors, but nothing that truly stands out.
Finish: Medium finish. Corn. Caramel. Maple syrup. Spice.
Grade: 80 – 84 (B-) = Not-too-bad, No major flaws, worth tasting
When I first started to really get into bourbon in 2012, Angel’s Envy was just beginning to expand to various markets across the US. I remember doing one of my first side by side tastings with Elmer T. Lee, Makers 46, and Angel’s Envy. Angel’s Envy was the clear winner that night.
Four years has passed since then, and my palate has developed. This is an enjoyable pour, but I think the proof is a little too low for my preference. Much like myself in 2012, I think this is a great “nicer” bottle to own for individuals starting to get more into bourbon. You get some unique notes from the port barrel finish that you might not find in other bourbons. Plus the bottle looks awesome!
The Angel’s Envy Rye and Angel’s Envy Cask Strength (especially 2015) are still my favorite offerings from Louisville Distilling Co.. Both are unique pours that I enjoy greatly. If you are interested, you can check out my overall grade book for more details on these particular offerings. Cheers!Angel's Envy Bourbon Review, Bourbon, bourbon blog, bourbon ranking, bourbon review, cleveland, whiskey, Whiskey blog, Whiskey review