I’ve been turning people on to Angel’s Envy since naming it as one of my favorite whiskeys of 2010. While Master Distiller Lincoln Henderson prepares his next trick, this very limited edition bottling (600 bottles produced, available only in Kentucky and Nashville, Tennessee) of the Port-barrel finished Bourbon is being released: A cask strength version of the original recipe.
Essentially a very small barrel selection of AE, this whisky cuts a different profile immediately upon pouring. Putting it next to the original Angel’s Envy, it’s a night-and-day different whiskey.
It starts right with the color: A darker, deeper amber than the original. Then there’s the nose, which is intense with wood and hints of brown sugar.
Take a sip and there’s no doubt this is a cask strength bourbon. Intense and fiery, it cuts a much more traditional Bourbon profile: Lots of wood and vanilla, and a big spicy kick on the back end. Red pepper, cinnamon, and mint are the most notable secondary characteristics.
I highly recommend a healthy splash of water to make this whiskey a bit more manageable, and when it’s cut down a tad it really starts to show its charms. Here that Port character starts to come out, with chocolate and raisins a-plenty throughout the experience. The main difference vs. the original: That wood never quite fades away, leaving you with a bit of a smoldering, Wild West feeling.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I believe I have to shoot a man.