Angel’s Envy Cask Strength Bourbon 2016 Review

Photo courtesy of Angel’s Envy

Angel’s Envy is an American whiskey brand that hit the market a couple of years back with its port cask-finished bourbon and rum cask-finished rye whiskey.  Those two products make up their standard portfolio.  Every fall, they release a cask strength version of their port cask-finished bourbon.  It inevitably varies year to year, with some years seeing a bigger influence from those wine barrels.  

This year’s release comes bottled at 124.6 proof, and runs about $180 a bottle.  Last year’s bottling was nice, but I felt it could have used a touch more flavor from those port casks.  How does this year’s stack up?

From the nose it’s evident the secondary maturation in port casks hold a stronger influence than the 2015 release.  Dark berries, brown sugar and vanilla aromas are the most prominent notes, with a hint of dried orange zest.  Taste-wise, those fruity plum and berry port wine flavors complement traditional bourbon notes of vanilla and caramel.  I also pick up some ginger, sweet corn and some dark amber maple syrup.  The finish is long and bittersweet with a slight touch of heat.

The new Angel’s Envy Cask Strength is great, and corrects what I thought was wrong with last year’s batch.  It is exactly what I think a cask strength, port barrel-finished bourbon should be.  9/10

Thanks to Angel’s Envy for the sample.  As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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