Review: Angel’s Envy Cask Strength Bourbon – Limited Edition (2013)

Review: Angel’s Envy Cask Strength Bourbon – Limited Edition (2013)

angels envy cask strengthI’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.

121 proof.


Angel's Envy Cask Strength Bourbon - Limited Edition (2013)




Christopher Null is the founder and editor in chief of Drinkhacker. A veteran writer and journalist, he also operates Null Media, a bespoke content creation company.


  1. Dex on December 3, 2012 at 11:13 am

    No grade? I’m obviously not getting a bottle, but I can’t tell if you love it, or just like it.

    Also, I’ve come to accept that the new previews of the articles are life. If I may make a suggestion though? As a daily reader sometimes I’ll have like 3 or 4 things I haven’t looked at, so I open them in new tabs while I’m browsing the main page. It might be nice if when following the preview link it didn’t scroll the article down. Just a thought!

  2. Christopher Null on December 3, 2012 at 11:25 am

    Dex – terrible oversight on my part. The grade is an A-. Corrected the post.

    Not sure what the behavior you’re reporting regarding scrolling the article down is… can you clarify? I don’t see anything like that… unless you’re clicking the “Leave a Comment” link which does scroll you down. Are you clicking the headline?

  3. Dex on December 3, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    Damn….now I wish I could get a bottle. I liked it better when I didn’t know the grade.

    So what happens is that I click on the link “Continue reading Review: Angel’s Envy” that’s in the body of the review, and when the new tab opens it is already scrolled to just past what was shown on the homepage (that is, hiding what I’ve presumably already read).

    I feel kind of stupid now since clearly just clicking on the headline would work…..that “Continue Reading” button looks so tempting (I guess). So….nevermind. :)

  4. Christopher Null on December 3, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    Ah… yeah, Dex, you’re right. Well, i hope the headline clickage works better for you. Thanks for your patience — we are now putting twice as many stories on the home page while getting page load speed down about 30%.

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