American Whiskey - Bourbon

Angel's Envy Port Barrel Finish Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey

From: Indiana, United States Liquor Review Category: Bourbon American Whiskey

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96th Percentile
This score falls in the 96th percentile of all spirits in the Whiskey category and is an example of the very best in its class.
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Awards

San Francisco World Spirits Competition

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Beverage Testing Institute

  • 2013

Wine Enthusiast

  • 2012
  • 2015

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Angel's Envy launched itself as a company as well as this whiskey in 2012. The bourbon is the work of Lincoln Henderson, who is said to have come out of retirement from a former career at Jack Daniels and Woodford Reserve in order to "create the world's finest bourbon on his own terms." With complete discretion, Henderson uses non genetically modified Kentucky grain and ages the spirit for 4 to 6 years in American oak--oak being required for bourbon. It is given an additional resting for 3 to 6 months in port wine casks--which is a bit unusual in the bourbon world (though rather more common for scotch). This gives the whiskey nuances and complexities along with a "rich amber hue." The bottle itself is made from "perfume quality" Italian glass. The name is a play on the concept of the angel's share, which is that amount lost to evaporation during aging. (from the 2012 press release)

Angels Envy bourbon was originally owned and managed by the Louisville Distilling Corporation, itself run by Lincoln Henderson and his son Wesley but was acquired by Bacardi in March of 2015. The label has recently become embroiled in the recent lawsuits over truth in labeling... while bottled in Kentucky the spirit itself is made in Indiana at MGP.

The 2013 Beverage Testing Institute called it a "fireside sipper." 

In a superlative review from the 2012 Wine Enthusiast, they acclaimed it a "beautiful, mouthwatering newcomer." 

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This bottle has 23 ratings and 21 reviews.
skorpitarius skorpitarius (16) (2016-06-08)
got a bottle recently after reading all the glowing reviews. could no longer resist. exotic nose/aroma, deep, darker than usual for bourbon, i can smell the port as i'm also a bit of a wine person/snob and i love good ports. broad round soft with grape-y edge to the mid-palate into finish which isn't too rough compared to the other whiskeys i've been trying, lately. the other thing that immediately came to mind was "damn I bet the rye version is mind-blowing, at this rate." (i'm a rye guy, for sure. i just don't care for the high price of the A.E. rye . ($75 where i live.) definetly top shelf frou-frou booze, here .
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cgtboy1988 cgtboy1988 (76) (2016-04-29)
This stuff is overhyped. At $50, it would be overpriced. That said, it is still quite excellent and at the $35 I spent on my bottle it is priced reasonably (not well, but reasonably). The light fruit on the finish comes through- that seems to be the signature of this bourbon. Vanillas are also present, maybe a touch of citrus. A lot of other, very light flavors; besides the fruit, flavors are fairly muted. Somewhat sweet, but not extremely so. Medium to light in texture. I find this enjoyable neat or on the rocks. The delicate flavors make it less than ideal for mixing, where it gets lost fairly easily.
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bonez1972 bonez1972 (12) (2016-02-06)
One of my all time favorites.
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US Spirit US Spirit (47) (2015-12-03)
I believe his used to have the second best composite expert score for bourbon on the entire site (behind only 4 Roses Single Barrel). I was kind of interested to try this myself, not so much for the port wine finish (I've never actually tasted port wine, and tend to be unimpressed by other ported whiskies, I'm not much of a Scotch drinker and not much of an Irish Whiskey person either), but because this was the brainchild of Lincoln Henderson, who was once the Master Distiller at Woodford Reserve. If I had tried Angel's Envy the night I tried Basil Hayden's (back then I'd had very few bourbons) I probably would have thought this was the best thing I ever tried. Now, I'd say Woodford is Henderson's ultimate legacy rather than this, and when I want the sort of experience Angel's Envy gave me, I can get it cheaper (and more interesting) from Elijah Craig 12 year old. This is a very mellow, very pleasant, sweet and almost candied bourbon, but not exactly a taste explosion. I get Vanilla, Caramel, a bit of maple syrup, and maybe some candied orange peel. Some say this has some bite, and I know it's made from a high rye mash, but I personally got no rye out of this. I'd gladly drink it all night for free, its quite good, but this usually runs close to $50 for a fifth. So long as I can get Elijah Craig for $15-$20 less and Woodford for $5-$18 less the number of time's you'll see me reach for a bottle of this are zero. So that's Angel's Envy. Yummy, a little different, but not super sophisticated, and not worth the price imo. I still give it 4 stars though. And who would I recommend it to? Someone who doesn't usually drink spirits who wants to try "something special" since its yummy and approachable. Who wouldn't I recommend it to? Major bourbon fans looking for a blind bottle buy. My opinion seems pretty close in line with the seasoned reviewers on this site for this bottle, ie I know of stuff I feel is better that is also cheaper.
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KaiserSoze KaiserSoze (125) (2015-10-22)
Had a hard time landing on a rating for Angels Envy. Bought a bottle a while back after hearing great things and it was fantastic! Really enjoyed the port finish and the unique taste. I circled back and bought another bottle more recently and it was average at best. Very bland and thin. May give another shot eventually but probably not anytime soon, especially for the high price tag.
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mrsid mrsid (4) (2015-07-08)
Very smooth. Easy to drink. Most women will love it.
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jaketaz jaketaz (163) (2015-06-10)
is it technically bourbon? No, but if it tastes like bourbon to you then who cares. it's too sweet and light for my taste, and tends to do best neat or in a fragrant herbal type cocktail. Tastes too much like port and costs too much for something with such mild flavor. not bad but probably a case of style over substance.
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Whisky&Rebellion Whisky&Rebellion (5) (2015-04-16)
Not a bad bourbon at all, just a bit disappointing, especially for all the price and hype. Lots of ordinary bourbon characteristics present with more alcohol burn than youd expect. The port finish the distiller is so proud of doesnt come through without an ice cube or two, and even then its not very striking. Why trumpet a part of the process that barely makes an appearance in the final product? A short, light finish. Maybe for $10 less this could be a repeat buy, but for the price you could buy a number of more impressive whiskys.
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Kenmei Kenmei (11) (2015-04-07)
Honestly it's a fairly average bourbon. For the price, there are at least 3 other bourbons I'd have over this one.
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jmf02f jmf02f (11) (2014-11-30)
A wholly average bourban and in my opinion a poor value for $45+ in Fl. It is sweet on the front palate and spice from the mid to the finish. I got a strong alcohol burn thru the finish. To be honest I expected quite a bit more for all the hype and the high marks by reviewing institutions. It is also quite thin tasting. I would never buy this over knob creek single barrel which is far superior and cheaper.
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scollings scollings (83) (2014-06-12)
Open and let sit for a week or so. Excellent, though not as high as is ranked here.
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spezbaby spezbaby (39) (2014-05-05)
Fruit is subtle, but still love this bourbon. I don't find it as hot as others.
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Muncher Muncher (263) (2014-04-19)
Since all I knew about this whiskey when I bought it was the port barrel finish, the prominent rye and barrel char in the profile really caught me off guard. I didn't really like my first glass; the second was tolerable; I kind of liked my third; the fourth was really quite good. Now that I have a good handle on what this stuff is it's really starting to grow on me. It'll probably be 5 stars by the time I get to the end of my bottle. Update: It's amazing how drastically a bottle can change in the first days and weeks after opening it. This one is 5 stars now for sure. Everything has calmed down now so that the port finish is actually detectable. Just delightful.
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Edith MaGoo Edith MaGoo (55) (2014-03-09)
This is a decent bourbon. It definitely gets better with every sip. But it's got a harshness and aftertaste that I didn't expect at this price point. It is far surpassed by the likes of buffalo trace and four roses. At this price, Blanton would be a much better option. Edit: up to 4 stars from 3. The more I drink, the more I like it. Still not crazy about the price though.
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Wuli27 Wuli27 (36) (2014-03-06)
A port finished bourbon, what a wonderful idea! possibly my favorite bourbon...
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derkerderr derkerderr (70) (2014-02-28)
It's very good but you can still fine better bourbons for a more affordable price.
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Allan Allan (160) (2013-04-26)
Sounds like a repeat performance of many new "premium" liquors; sacrifice flavor for smoothness. This bourbon reminds me of my tasting of Johnny Walker Blue label a few months ago. Just a whisper and then it's gone with nothing to appreciate. There is a hint of the second cask but not enough to warrant the price. If you want to drink whiskey but don't savor it, this may be for you.
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Proof66 Staff Proof66 Staff (95) (2013-01-10)
We received a 100ml bottle for Christmas and were excited to try this given its pedigree and price. We're not at all offended by the port finish, which we think is an interesting take on bourbon. In tasting it neat, the taste is good but the whiskey itself is a little hot... a lot of needle on the tongue and only a very subtle fruit flavor from the port (we got some pear notes off of it). Compared to something like the Hibiki 12yr (finished in plum wine barrels) it's a lot less adventurous. The finish is a little short, perhaps due to the shorter aging. It's not at all bad... we were just expecting a bit more. We put this in a Sazerac cocktail--one of the greatest cocktails on earth--and the cocktail was excellent (as always) but not necessarily better for the bourbon. Not worse... but not necessarily better either. Tasting blind wouldn't have made us jump out of our seats and said, "Damn! What whiskey is THAT?!" Buy it for the interesting adventure in port, if you like, but we have a hard time envisioning repeat purchases.
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Irishman Irishman (271) (2013-01-10)
My first attempt at this was neat with no water or ice and was very disappointed. The port finish is not offending and actually adds some depth to an otherwise characterless bourbon. My second attempt was in a sazerac - one of my favorite cocktails - and it just simply disappeared to a whisper. I like bourbons that tell a story from sniffer to finish and this one is nothing more than a short sentence. Very disappointing for a $45 bourbon.
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scalihan scalihan (40) (2012-04-10)
Very smooth. Worth the $45. If you like Makers you will be very happy with spending the extra $10.
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degbert degbert (147) (2011-11-18)
I can hear the purists now: 'This isn't bourbon, it's finished in port barrels!' Well, you can definitely tell that from the nose; a lot of rich and winey notes. Very sweet and deep on the palate, with tobacco notes. Not as sweet as you'd think. Very nice riff on bourbon, especially if you like your whisk(e)ys with a touch of wine barrel.
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