Angel’s Envy is a unique bourbon in that it is matured in ex port barrels as part of the maturation process. I have not come across a bourbon that has been part matured in port barrels and I doubt there are many around and I have heard many rave about Angel’s Envy. Bourbons are sweet by nature so I was very intrigued to try this one just to experience what influence the port barrel has. This is hard to find in the UK and if you do find it then you may have to spend £100+. At this price I think it is too much of a risk to try out of curiosity so I took an opportunist moment to grab hold of this for about £30 when I was on holiday in the US.
Whisky: Angel’s Envy Batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, 43.3% vol.
Nose: Dried fruits, red wine, medicine
Taste: Fruit salad, raisins, sweet red wine, cinnamon, chilli
Finish: Clove and tannins
Summary: Angel’s Envy has many fans but I am not one of them. It feels like this is trying to imitate a sherry influenced Scotch single malt but not quite achieving the effect. The bourbon characteristics are hard to find for me and the port influence is just too dominating, making this too sweet, almost sickly sweet for my taste. I normally don’t struggle to finish a bottle but this one was on my shelf for a while, which was to my benefit as I found that the influence of oxygen helped soften the sweet notes more than water or ice did. I am glad I didn’t spend a lot of money on this one.
Scoring scale: My scores reflect a balance of the overall experience, availability and cost for a whisky,
1 – not to my preference
2 – tastes fine but does not excite me
3 – more to my liking and would revisit occasionally
4 – very much to my liking and would consider as a regular feature on my whisky shelf
5 – permanent feature on my whisky shelf
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