Review: Angel's Envy Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey Finished in Port Casks by Jason Hambrey

Up to 6 Years
72% Corn, 18% Rye, 10% Malted Barley
Distiller MGP (Lawrenceburg,Indiana)

This whiskey was created by Lincoln Henderson, who worked for Brown-Forman for 40 years working on both Woodford Reserve and Jack Daniels. He recently passed away, in 2013, consisting of sourced bourbon which they finished in 60 gallon ruby port casks. Lincoln Henderson worked for Brown-Forman for 40 years. Worked on Woodford Reserve, Jack Daniel’s….this whisky is currently sourced, but Angel's Envy has done very well and are in the process of building their own distillery which may open in the fall. Although you see countless finished Scotches, it is quite uncommon in bourbon.

Review (2016)

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  • Bottling Date: 2015

A complex nose – the dried raisins and cherries from the port certainly do fit nicely into the bourbon and make it a bit darker. Corn on the cob, cornbread, mint, oak, cinnamon, mulled wine, orange peel, and rye that comes through quite nicely with its vegetal nature. The dryness of it, even amidst the sweetness – is quite nice. On the palate, it follows much in line from the nose, with some rich, caramel driven corn, and a good dose of sweetness which carries it into a light currant, cinnamon, and dried cherry finish. And a touch of a menthol, too. The dried dark fruits are quite present on the palate, and the corn is quite outstanding. Tannic on the finish, drying out the mouth. The port certainly adds some nice complexity to the bourbon, and doesn’t overtake it – bourbons, I often find, are good but not that complex relative to other whiskies – so it is a nice move here.

Highly Recommended (48% of all whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).

Value: Average, at $85.