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Bourbon Whiskey Review

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Angel's Envy Kentucky Straight
Port Finished Bourbon Whiskey

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43.3% ABV
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Non Chill Filtered
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Natural Colour

Our Score

Value Score

From the Distillery Website

https://www.angelsenvy.com/whiskey/port-finish/

Angel’s Envy Kentucky Straight Bourbon is finished in port wine casks for an award-winning spirit. We guide each batch’s conditioning, blending our handcrafted bourbon in small batches of 8 to 12 barrels at a time.
It’s typically aged for up to 6 years. While we lose about 5% of the spirit each year to evaporation, or “the Angel’s Share,” what’s left behind after we’re done is truly worthy of envy.

Once it’s deemed ready, we finish our bourbon in ruby port wine casks, which adds subtly distinct flavor nuances that enhance the whiskey without challenging it. Our port finishing process lasts between three to six months, depending on taste.

We use 60-gallon ruby port barrels made from French oak and imported directly from Portugal. This creates a whiskey of unprecedented smoothness, sweetness and balance.

APPEARANCE

Gold color laced with reddish amber hues, nearly copper in tone

NOSE

You’ll detect notes of subtle vanilla, raisins, maple syrup and toasted nuts

PALATE

Vanilla, ripe fruit, maple syrup, toast and bitter chocolate

FINISH

Clean and lingering sweetness with a hint of Madeira that slowly fades

Our Review

Review number 47 is an excellent Port Finished Bourbon.

Angel's Envy was in 2015 taken over by Bacardi. This year, 2020, they announced they would officially be selling the whiskey. Up until now it was only small specialist whisky stores that would have the odd bottle, often fetching prices well over £100.
However, The Whisky Exchange have, from time to time had bottles, unfortunately, Angel's Envy is proving particularly popular and they sell out extremely fast.

I will be reviewing a 'Perfect Measure' 30ml sample that I purchased from The Whisky Exchange. Before we get into that, here are the vitals;
Based on what I have researched, a standard UK 700ml bottle retails for £57.95, it is bottled at 43.3% ABV, is non chill filtered and also, as is the rule for all Bourbons, is natural colour. The bottle has a great shape and a wonderful design to it. The whiskey is matured in new American Oak for upto 6 years before it is transfered to 60-gallon ruby port barrels made from French oak and imported directly from Portugal. It is then finished for upto 6 months. Contrary to what we said in the video, we can give it a value score of 87.64/100. It is let down only by the relatively high price, however, this can be forgiven as this is a unique bourbon and can't be directly compared with other bourbons.

Before we get into how does it performs on smell and taste, we want to say how welcoming it is to see transparency or rather openess in some of the detail provided in the making of this whiskey, like quite a few American distillers, they provide the mashbill, which is, Corn 72% Rye 18% Barley 10% and the barrels are charred at level 3 (Medium Char).

On the nose, straight away it is bourbon with vanilla oak and sweetness. But there are some dark fruits, maybe plums soaked in a vanilla syrup, there is honey and maple oak and spice.

On the palate,  starts sweet pear drops, then sweet acetone notes with over ripe banana baked with a chocolate cinnamon spice sauce. It has the DNA of a Bourbon, but this has been enhanced with a fruit accent which has smoothed away some of the harsher Bourbon notes and left in place a glorious fruit and chocolate addition.

But would we buy a bottle? Yes, depending on the price. We feel nearly £60 is a lot to splash out, even though it is a great bourbon, thinking about what £60 can get you for a port finished or even port matured Scotch or even Irish, then in context, it is pricey. Dropped to below £50 then Yes! Definitey yes, we would get a bottle.

For an overall score we give it 88/100 which at the time of writing, makes it the highest scoring Bourbon we have reviewed to date.

Will Bacardi bring the Cask Strength version to the UK? or indeed the Rum, Sherry or Tawny finished variants? PLEASE! If anyone from Bacardi see's this review, PLEASE bring those to the UK also, Thanks.

Our YouTube Review

Additional Info

  • Country: USA
  • Region: Kentucky
  • Age Statement: 6
  • Chill Filtered: Non Chill Filtered (NCF)
  • Colour Status: Natural Colour
  • ABV: 43.3%
  • Cask Strength: No
  • Colour: Pale Ruby Red
  • Peated / Smoke: Unpeated
  • Cask Finish / Maturation: American white oak Matured and Port Finished
  • Single Cask: No
  • Mash Bill: Corn, Barley, Rye
  • Bottle Sizes: 700ml, 750ml
  • Bottler: Distillery Bottling
  • Whisky Experience Level: Beginner
  • Average Price (or RRP): 57.95
  • Value Score: 87.64
  • Our Score: 88
  • Ownership: Bacardi Ltd
  • Bottle Stopper: Natural Cork
  • Brand: Angel's Envy
  • Packaging: No Packaging
  • Category: Bourbon
  • Corn: 72%
  • Rye: 18%
  • Barley: 10%
  • Barrel Char Level: 3
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