Angel's Envy is the product of living bourbon legend, Master Distiller Lincoln Henderson, who came out of retirement to create this bourbon in a no-holds-barred kinda way. It's a small batch bourbon aged over four years (5-7 I've read elsewhere) and finished for 3-6 months in two different types of port wine barrels - Vintage and Ruby. With bourbon, as it ages in the barrel a little is lost to evaporation. This is known as the "angel's share". The legend has it that Mr. Henderson told the angels that he'd give them a little more share if they'd leave behind a better product. They left a product that was so good they became jealous and just like that Angel's Envy was born. I'd heard a little buzz about Angel's Envy and went to their website to find out who would be carrying it in the Miami area. Nothing was listed yet so I sent an email. I got an email back from Samira Seiller, EVP & Director of Marketing for Louisville Distilling Company, and after a short conversation she sent me a few press samples to try.
Angel's Envy testers arrive!A few days later a couple corked vials of Angel's Envy arrived. I poured myself a glass later on that evening and I can tell you this - it's a winner! The nose is nutty with notes of vanilla and dried fruit. I really enjoyed the viscosity of this bourbon. It coats the tongue in a velvety way before the flavors of vanilla, dried fruit, and a little shaved chocolate begin to shine through. The finish continues with the vanilla and shaved chocolate flavors and this is also where the port wine makes its appearance. I was worried that the port wine finish would make it too sweet but it doesn't. It really just compliments the other flavors in this bourbon. At 43.3% alcohol (86.6 proof), there is enough punch to keep the sweetness in check. One thing I did not try was sipping this bourbon on the rocks. Each glass I had was served neat and I was enjoying it so much that I didn't think to try it with ice to see how the flavor would open up.
photo credit: Angel's Envy websiteI'm looking forward to Angel's Envy hitting the South Florida market as the last of the sample I was sent was consumed while writing this post. Whether you're a bourbon drinker or just looking to try something new, Angel's Envy is definitely one to keep an eye out for.