American Whiskey - Rye

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Angel's Envy Rye Whiskey

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

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Wine Enthusiast

  • 2013

Proof66 Notes

Angel's Envy Rye whiskey was first released in 2013 as a limited edition in anticipation of Father's Day. It uses a blend of 95% rye and 5% malted barley, making this almost a pure rye whiskey with a touch of barley character (to us, this implies a light fruitiness and sweetness to the spicy rye). It is aged for 6 years in American Oak and then finished in Caribbean rum casks (as opposed to their bourbon, which was finished in port wine barrels). The rum will increase the sweetness and impart a molasses aroma. It is bottled at a stiff 100 proof but designed for "ultra smooth and accessible" according to the press release. They suggest looking for notes of maple sugar, hazelnut, and sherry wood.

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.

Rabble Reviews

This bottle has 4 ratings and 4 reviews.
StanMemTn StanMemTn (101) (2016-03-02)
Wonderful! Candy notes (brown sugar, caramel) dominate at first with moderate but long lived spiciness to follow.
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flintquatch flintquatch (196) (2014-08-06)
This was an excellent sipping rye. Of course I may be a little biased because this is what my boss poured me a glass of before offering me a higher position at my department....
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Allan Allan (160) (2014-07-13)
You'll have to take this one with a grain of salt because I am not a big fan of rye whiskey. I love this stuff. Doesn't really seem like a rye whiskey though. There is a little rye flavor hidden in there, but what you really have is a very rich and sweet whiskey that is HEAVILY influenced by it's rum cask aging. The sweetness is not over done to me but instead balances out well with the spice I feel. makes a good after supper sipper. On the other hand; If you are a fan of rye; be prepared to hate it. Not really a rye but great when tried with an open mind.
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Proof66 Staff Proof66 Staff (95) (2013-06-08)
We were provided a small, 100ml sample (a $7 value!!) to try. Neat, it packs some heat, smells faintly of rye, and tastes of syrup. Whether due to to the rum cask aging or not, the sweetness approaches liqueur levels and might be appealing to some. Yet to us--who were led to believe this was rye whiskey from the label--the sweetness is a bit off-putting. Water and ice bring out some rye aroma but don't cut the sweetness. We judge this to be a mixing whiskey, which is troublesome at the price point. Just don't expect big rye... it's subtle and hard to find. That's our disappointment with this whiskey. If they'd billed it as a blended whiskey, our opinion might change.
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