Review: Angel’s Envy Cask Strength Bourbon – Limited Edition (2021)
Angel’s Envy is a Port barrel-finished whiskey that’s impossible not to love, but its annual cask strength releases are treasures almost always worth tracking down.
2021 is no exception to the rule — though fans of this long-running series, which is now in its 10th installment — are likely to find that a (delightful) consistency from one vintage to the next (our strange experience in 2018 notwithstanding).
Here, all the classic flavor notes of overproof Angel’s Envy are on full display: A super-fruity nose that offers notes of ripe raspberry and strawberry, layered heavily with ginger and cinnamon. Fans of spirits like High West’s A Midwinter Nights Dram will find this much in the wheelhouse: sweet, ripe, and festive. The palate ups the ante on the spice front, moving fully into a richly sweet, almost decadent realm that inflates with notes of vanilla, chocolate, and brown sugar. In contrast to some prior years, the hoary woodiness of the barrel is largely nonexistent; sweetness rules on this one. At the same time, hints of orange peel and a note of candied ginger linger on the finish, adding a bit of acidity to what could otherwise have become a cloying experience. Gorgeous.
A / $250 / angelsenvy.com
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