We’ve been writing about the cask strength version of Angel’s Envy‘s now-classic Port-finished bourbon for as long as I can remember, and as I mentioned in 2022, it’s a remarkably consistent product. Even the proof tends to change only slightly from year to year.
For 2023, I am happy to report no surprises await the drinker. A rich an immersive nose feels a bit hot, appropriately so, pushing notes of barrel char and toasted nuts, with notes of orange peel and mulled wine present but a bit restrained. Quite fruity on the palate, this year’s expression treats us to a touch of maple, spiced raisin, and more of that orange peel character. Oddly, I didn’t feel like this one needed any water at all, but I tried a splash anyway. Possibly a mistake, as this found the fruit dulled a tad, with a more gummy, barrel-driven quality coming more into focus.
With that dumped out, I went back to the full-proof experience and continued to immerse myself in macerated fruits both red and black. The experience becomes increasingly sweet as it develops in glass, with echoes of Tokaji, some sweet tea, and cherry cola on the finish. I recommend letting this sit for a spell before really delving into it. Your brain says thanks.
A- / $230 / angelsenvy.com