Whiskey Review: Angel’s Envy 2022 Cask Strength, As evident in Angel’s Envy Cask Strength Bourbon Finished in Port Wine Barrels, blending the Portugal-based flavors of Port wine and the American tradition of bourbon is a recipe for a successful pairing. The drier elements of port and the sweeter elements of bourbon combine for a balanced profile that really stands out.
The founders of Angel’s Envy, the Henderson family, select “a handful of noteworthy barrels from its rick houses to put through an extended finishing process in port wine barrels from Portugal. These special barrels bring forward distinct characteristics in the whiskey, giving each expression of Angel’s Envy Cask Strength a unique nose, palate and finish.” Angel’s Envy released their first Cask Strength expression in 2012, offering only 600 bottles available in two states.
The distillery is based out of Louisville, Kentucky, and has steadily risen through the ranks of the Kentucky whiskey world.
Tasting Notes: Angel’s Envy 2021 Cask Strength Bourbon Whiskey Finished in Port Wine Barrels
Vital Stats: Finished in Port wine barrels. Limited run of 14,760 bottles. 120.4 Proof (60.2% ABV). Priced at around $300/750mL. Louisville, Kentucky.
Appearance: The bourbon has the appearance of dark leather.
Nose: A tannic aroma right off the jump, with marshmallow and cherry coming through.
Palate: There’s a smooth, diffuse heat that coats the palate. Sweet notes of berry and cinnamon with a nuttiness that alludes to some sort of granola. I enjoyed a smoky spice on the finish.