Brian Dawson says on August 5, 2020
This review is for Batch 70-Z which I've had in my bunker since July 2019, but it was in the Idaho State Liquor Division's warehouse prior to that. I will update my review when a bottle from a new batch is opened.
Angel's Envy Batch 70-Z is bourbon and wine on the nose, in the mouth and at the finish which is to be expected from a port barrel finished bourbon. It is a fresh and clean juice and this batch well balanced. Still I expected a bit more from a bottle at this price point.
ANGEL'S ENVY BATCH 70-Z VITAL STATS:
Category: Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Finished in Port Barrels, then hand blended in batches of 8 to 12 barrels at a time.
Region: Louisville, KY, USA
Distillery: Angel's Envy Distillery
Mash Bill: 72% corn, 18% rye, 10% malted barley
Barrel Char: #3
Barrel entry proof: 125
ABV: 43.3% (96.6 Proof)
Batch #: 70 Z
Bottle #: 4110
Price: $49.95 USD
For the evaluation, I shared the juice neat from Glencairn glasses with my daughter and fellow WhiskySuggest reviewer Hannah009.
Check out her review for this whiskey elsewhere on the app!
The rating below is similar to my reviews of Baker's Bourbon Batch B-90-001, Col. E.H. Taylor Single Barrel, Dry Fly Straight Wheat Whiskey, Elijah Craig Barrel Proof A119, Henry McKenna Single Barrel, Knob Creek 09 yr Small Batch, Larceny Kentucky Bourbon, Maker's Mark, Willet Pot Still Reserve, Wyoming Whiskey Small Batch, and Yellowstone Select.
I picked up a blast of corn on the first waft from the Glencairn from this batch of Angel's Envy. On the second and subsequent nosings, the draws were dry, with a faint burn and they were full of bourbon and wine. The dusty corn wains but never truly drifts away as scents of fresh citrus - orange rind, Marachino cherries and dark stone fruit come forward. Its spices present as well mixed allspice and rye. The sweetness is more candy-like than sugary: vanilla taffy and candy corn with a faint hint of orange blossom honey in the mix for good measure. This bottle is simple and gentle with hints of faint leather and a trace of walnuts peeking into hazy, toasted light oak. It is fresh and clean on the nose.
There is a quick burn then warmth as the juice is first sipped. Bourbon and wine are at the forefront as grassiness and green vegetables (maybe Brussel sprouts???) come forward. The citrus detected on the nose enters the mouth as orange marmalade. There are also fruits of fig and current. The juice is full of cloves, ginger, pepper, rye, and loads of warm Christmas spices. Any trace of sweetness detected on the nose is gone and is replaced with nice earthy old leather, and bitter walnuts and there is plenty of woody, smokey-sweet char and seasoned old oak.
Balance, Body, Feel and Look:
This batch of Angel's Envy is balanced and well blended, viscous and oily in the mouth and thoroughly pleasant to sip. In the Glencairn, droplets cling then return in long slow dropping legs to the light mahogany pool.
Angel's Envy finishes with medium length and gives the throat a nice warm tickle. As on the nose and in the mouth there are traces of bourbon and wine (its port influence) which mix with a trace of green vegetables and faint citrus. Its spices of cloves and rye are greatly diminished and a faint burnt sugar sweetness returns. As the dram is drawn down, earthy old leather, hazy barrel char and seasoned old oak waft from the empty Glencairn.