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Angels Envy Bourbon Review

Distillery: Angels Envy
Type & Region: Bourbon Finished in Port Wine Barrels, Kentucky
Proof: 86.6 Proof
Mash Bill: 72% Corn, 18% Rye, 10% Barley
Aged: No Age Statement
Price: $50-55

As a whiskey enthusiast (my wife chooses to use the word nerd instead, to each their own I guess), I’m always on the lookout for unique and flavorful bottles to add to my collection. And when I first heard about Angel’s Envy Bourbon, I knew I had to try it and give it a good whiskey review. With its unconventional port cask finishing and the buzz it generated, I was eager to see if it lived up to the hype. After multiple glasses, I can confidently say this is a Bourbon I will continue to go back to. Continue reading for our full Angel’s Envy Bourbon Port Finish Review.

First things first, let’s talk about the whiskey itself. Angel’s Envy Bourbon Port Finish is the brainchild of the late Lincoln Henderson, a storied veteran of the whiskey industry who had a hand in creating iconic brands like Woodford Reserve, Gentleman Jack, and Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel. This particular whiskey is finished in port casks, which gives it a unique flavor profile that defies traditional notions of what bourbon should taste like. Read on for more of our Angel’s Envy Bourbon review.

Color

In the glass, Angel’s Envy has a gorgeous golden brown color that looks every bit as rich and inviting as a good bourbon should. It’s a warm hue that hints at the whiskey’s depth and complexity.

Smell

On the nose, Angel’s Envy is a delight. I’m immediately struck by the aroma of dark cherry and licorice, which mingle with spicy notes of star anise and brown sugar. There’s also a distinct woodiness to the scent that I find appealing. After a little time to open up, the dram emits heavy black pepper and sweetness, which only serves to deepen my anticipation.

Flavor

When it comes to flavor, Angel’s Envy does not disappoint. The whiskey manages to be both velvety and biting, with a rich mouthfeel that is simultaneously astringent and satisfying. The dark cherry notes are still present, but now there’s a syrupy sweetness that emerges alongside a distinct leather flavor. The baking spices and orange oil add a depth to the whiskey that I can only assume comes from the Port wood finish. The sweetness is well-balanced, not cloying, and the absence of bitterness is impressive.

Finish 

I could easily sum this section up by saying the obvious, the finish is port! I won’t leave you with just the obvious though. In my opinion, the finish is medium-length and warm, with a delicious flavor that reminds me of snickerdoodle cookies. It’s the perfect cap to a well-crafted whiskey that left me wanting more (As most bourbons do). 

“In my opinion, the finish is medium-length and warm, with a delicious flavor that reminds me of snickerdoodle cookies.”

Value

We all know value is key when reviewing a whiskey or bourbon. At about $50 a bottle, Angel’s Envy is a reasonably priced addition to any whiskey collection. It’s an incredibly easy-drinking bourbon that you can be proud to have on your shelf. It’s a great bourbon to share with a friend for the first time or just to drink yourself after a long day. 

Similar Whiskey to Try

Woodford Reserve

If you’re a fan of Angel’s Envy Bourbon Port Finish, you might want to give Woodford Reserve a try. Both bourbons are similar in that they push the boundaries of traditional bourbon by incorporating unique finishes. I have had lots of people tell me they like Woodford a bit better, although I am more of an Angle’s guy myself.

Four Rose’s Single Barrel 

Both Four Roses Small Batch and Angel’s Envy have a smooth and easy-drinking profile with sweet and fruity notes. While Angel’s Envy is finished in port wine barrels, Four Roses Small Batch is aged in charred oak barrels and blended from four of the distillery’s 10 bourbon recipes, resulting in a more complex flavor profile.

What Makes Angel’s Envy Bourbon Port Finish Unique

What sets Angel’s Envy apart from other bourbons is its unique finishing process in port casks. This process adds depth and complexity to the whiskey that other bourbons are sometimes lacking. It’s an innovative approach to an age-old tradition, and the results speak for themselves. Angel’s Envy is a legacy whiskey that proves more than the sum of its parts.

Conclusion & Final Thoughts

Angel’s Envy Bourbon is a fantastic whiskey that I personally loved. Not only does it have gorgeous color but it’s up there with the best of the best on the nose. Add in its complex flavor and warm finish, and you have a bourbon that I would recommend to any whiskey enthusiast. It’s a unique addition to any collection and a testament to the innovative spirit of the whiskey industry.

FAQ’s

Why is it called Angel's Envy?

Angel’s Envy got its name from the idea that angels might be jealous of the whiskey that is lost to evaporation during the aging process. This lost whiskey is referred to as the “angel’s share,” and it’s said that the angels take their fair share and leave behind the best whiskey for us to enjoy. The name “Angel’s Envy” was chosen as a nod to this idea, as well as a celebration of the whiskey that is left behind for us to savor. Pretty cool huh?

Can Angel's Envy Bourbon Port Finish be used in cocktails?

Yes, Angel’s Envy Bourbon Port Finish can be used in cocktails to add a unique flavor profile. Some popular cocktails that use Angel’s Envy as an ingredient include the Angel’s Envy Manhattan and the Angel’s Envy Boulevardier.

What is the best way to enjoy Angel's Envy Bourbon?

The best way to enjoy Angel’s Envy Bourbon Port Finish is subjective and varies from person to person. However, many whiskey enthusiasts recommend sipping it neat or with a few drops of water to open up the flavors and aromas. It can also be enjoyed on the rocks or in a cocktail if desired. I drink mine neat if that matters at all! 

How old is Angel's Envy?

Angel’s Envy was first released in 2010, making it 13 years old as of 2023.