One of the more distinctive bottles of recent years is Angel’s Envy. Created as a tongue-in-cheek nod to the 5% of spirit lost each year in aging, known as the “angel’s share”, Angel’s Envy is what is left behind according to Lincoln Henderson, former Master Distiller for Woodford Reserve. Lincoln himself joined the angels just a few years after his new bourbon debuted in 2011. His spirit lives on however using his original recipe which calls for 5-7 year old bourbon finished in ex-Port barrels for an additional 3-6 months.
Angel’s Envy (86.6 proof)
Visual: Medium golden brown.
Nose: Elegantly luscious with a perfect balance of caramel, chocolate and vanilla bean. The nose is so fine that a few inhalations is akin to actually sipping.
Taste: A lot more of the vanilla comes through on the palate with an oak forward depth that makes for a solid canvas upon which the other elements hang. Some tree fruit, baking spice, sea salt and pepper, fresh tobacco and fresh whole grain bread. An absolute knockout of a bourbon.
Finish: Long with all parts diminishing in equal timing. Not one element is left at the end, just a whisper of sweet lanolin.
Overall: A truly fine bourbon which deserves a wide audience. Perfect neat either on a large cube of ice or at room temperature.
GSN Rating: A+
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