This fourth edition of Angel’s Envy’s Port-finished bourbon, bottled at cask strength, almost got lost in the shuffle, but we’re not too far into 2016 to cover this 2015 release, I figure. (See also: 2013, 2013 2nd Ed., 2014.)
As always, this expression — up to seven years old — is a departure from rack Angel’s Envy, and it’s interesting how this departs from other versions of AE’s cask strength releases.
The nose is more restrained than in previous years, offering notes of cloves, barrel char, well-browned caramel, and a touch of smoke. The body is less Port-forward than in prior years also, showcasing notes of figs, dark chocolate, toasted brioche, and a finish that leads more to a prune character than the traditionally Port-focused raisin. Echoes of sweet tea endure as the finish fades — and all of it is remarkably restrained and in balance, a rare feat considering the alcohol level we’re working with here.
As always, of course, it’s great stuff.
127.9 proof. 7500 bottles produced.