As you may have guessed (you clever reader, you), the name Angel’s Envy is a play on the phrase “Angel’s share,” the term used to describe the portion of a whiskey that is lost to evaporation during aging. Don’t be sad, it’s all part of the process. This particular bourbon is finished in port casks after aging, and bottled unfiltered. This explains why there are little particles in my glass when I swirl it around…but you won’t be able to tell that from my pictures. Sorry, you’ll have to take my word for it this time. Lincoln Henderson is the mastermind behind this libation.
I’ve had this sitting around for a while, and as you can see by the amount left in the bottle, it’s seen quite a bit of action. It was bought as a birthday present for me in Michigan (I haven’t seen it available here in Ohio) and uncorked in a hotel room…which likely means I didn’t properly enjoy the first sips. For those of you keeping track, the date I uncorked it was 4/12/12…which they conveniently left me a space to document on the label, and is fortunately still legible in spite of the smearing (what I get for using a fancy gel pen).
The color on this one is very gold – not much else I can say, really.
On the nose, right up front is a big, sweet vanilla kick, and once past the heat of the alcohol, a blend of mint and cinnamon, with an overlaying fruitiness. The alcohol makes it hard for me to get a real grasp of all the smells going on, but when I added water as per my usual method of smelling, all I got off of it was sweet corn.
Taste-wise, this is one of the “hotter” whiskies in my collection – if you aren’t ready for it, what you end up with is a mouth full of burn. This is the real downside of it for me, because I generally like smoother-drinking whiskey. The flavor is good past the burn, a woody, peppery cinnamon. It’s a real sipper – trying to quaff only succeeds in making my eyes water and my throat feel like it’s on fire. The warmth lasts long after the drink is finished, settling pleasantly into the chest and lingering there.
For something I bought as a birthday treat, I wish that this bourbon had turned out a little more exceptional. I just don’t feel like it’s any better than other bourbons that are on the market, easier to get, and less expensive. Not to say that it’s bad – on the contrary, it is quite good drinking. But for all the hype it seems to get from other reviewers (yes, I read them), I’m just not sure I agree.