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Every Angel’s Envy Whiskey Reviewed [2021]

Last updated Mar 21, 2021

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by Matty Sims

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Lincoln Henderson is a whiskey legend. He worked for years at Brown-Forman on brands like Gentleman Jack, Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel, and Woodford Reserve. He was also an inaugural inductee into the Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame. In 2004, Lincoln retired after 40 years at Brown-Forman. But he still had the itch that all greats do. So in 2006, he came out of retirement to work with his son Wes to create Angel’s Envy. Five years later in 2011, Angel’s Envy launched with great success which has continued with line expansions like the Rum Finished Rye Whiskey and Cask Strength Bourbon.

In 2013, their Lousiville operations opened and shortly thereafter Lincoln passed away at 75-years-old. Lincoln was a lover and student of bourbon, and you can taste that in everything Angel’s Envy does to this day. Their most recent experiment came with finishing bourbon in Japanese Mizunara Oak Cask.

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Angel’s Envy Bourbon Finished in Port Casks

Angel’s Envy Bourbon Finished in Port Casks
AE Port Finished BourbonDetails
In the Bottle87 Proof
ABV43.5%
Mashbill72% corn, 18% rye, and 10% malted barley
Age4 to 6-years-old
StylePort Finished Bourbon
60-Gallon French Oak Port Casks from Portugal
Finished for 3 to 6 Months
Size750 mL
Suggested MSRP$50
DistilleryAngel's Envy Distillery
500 E Main St.
Louisville, KY 40202
ProsFantastic Nose
ConsThin on the Palate
AvailabilityNational Distribution
RatingSilver 87 out of 100 Points
InventoryGreat to Pair with Cigar in Summer

Angel’s Envy Bourbon is handcrafted in batches of 8 to 12 barrels and aged for up to 6 years. The bourbon then spends three to six months in 60-gallon ruby port barrels made from French oak. Angel’s Envy finished bourbon does not have much in the way of legs or glass coverage. This viscosity carries over to the palate.

Nose – 92 out of 100 Points

The nose is dried cranberries with just hints of light caramel and tart fresh apples. I’m enjoying the nose.

Taste – 85 out of 100 Points

Just subtle white pepper on the side palate. Cream of wheat drizzled with maple syrup with berries and raisins through the middle of the palate. Pair this with a bold cigar and the flavor start to pop and the spice and sweetness intensifies.

Finish – 86 out of 100 Points

It’s a short to medium finish with the sweet and spice intermingling through the finish.

Verdict –Silver 87 out of 100 Points

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I enjoy Angel’s Envy paired with a bold cigar — that’s where it sings for me. It’s also great as a nightcap after drinking higher proof bourbons.

Angel’s Envy Rye Finished in Rum Casks

Angel's Envy Rye

Angel’s Envy Rye Finished in Rum Casks
AE Rum Finished RyeDetails
In the Bottle100 Proof
ABV50%
Mashbill95% rye and 5% malted barley
Age6 to 7-years-old
StyleFinished 18 months in Caribbean rum casks
Size750 mL
Suggested MSRP$80
ProsDessert Whiskey, Creamy, and Decadent
ConsNitpicking, maybe more spice to balance sweet
AvailabilityNational Distribution
RatingGold 95 out of 100 Points
InventoryKeep Stocked through Fall and Winter

Angel’s Envy Rye Whiskey spends 18 months in rum casks to create a complex finished whiskey.

Nose – 96 out of 100 Points

This nose is decadent, sweet holiday desserts. It’s toffee, roasted marshmallows drizzled with caramel. Orange zest. Gingerbread cookies fresh out of the oven. Fresh grade A maple syrup.

Taste – 95 out of 100 Points

The palate offers rye, cinnamon, and nutmeg upfront. It won’t let you forget it’s a rye finished whiskey. But the sweet notes come to the party. Gingerbread cookies drizzled in caramel. The palate is

Finish – 95 out of 100 Points

It’s not an overpowering finish but it lingers. Gingerbread cookies drizzled with caramel and rye spice.

Verdict – Gold 95 out of 100 Points

This score is high and certainly, this finished whiskey won’t be for everyone’s palate because it’s sweet. But I couldn’t get enough of this during a holiday tasting. It was the perfect pour to finish the night off with right after dessert.

Angel’s Envy Bourbon Finished in Japanese Mizunara Oak Casks

Angel’s Envy Bourbon Finished in Japanese Mizunara Oak CasksMizunara oak is rare and hard to work with. It tends to leak for one, grows in knots for another, and is best used for casks after growing 200 years. But with patience and expertise, it offers flavors of “sandalwood, coconut, spice and Japanese incense” (Wine Enthusiast). Angel’s Envy is finished for an additional two years to extract maximum flavor from the new charred Mizunara oak casks.

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Angel’s Envy Bourbon Cask Strength Finished in Port Casks

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Written by Matty Sims

Matty Sims is a storyteller who loves bourbon. He has been drinking and studying whiskey for over 10 years. He has also been featured on sites like Bourbon Sippers, Explore Whiskey, and Inside Hook, partnered with dozens of distilleries, and reviewed hundreds of whiskeys.
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