Class: American Rye Whiskey Finished in Rum Casks
Reviewer: Brett Mullins
For the last several years, Angel's Envy has been carving out its own niche in the crowded American whiskey boom with fairly limited yearly releases of specialty cask finished bourbons and ryes. Each year, they release a fairly common bourbon finished in port casks, an uber-limited (and uber-expensive) cask strength bourbon finished in port, and a biannual rye whiskey finished in Caribbean rum casks.
The brand is technically owned by the non-distilling producer "Louisville Distilling Co", but it was purchased by Bacardi in 2015 making Bacardi the actual owner of the brand for all essential purposes.
Backed with funds from the international spirits superpower, Angel's Envy has recently started the transition from NDP to full scale distillery, with a state of the art $27 million distillery opening on Louisville's Whiskey Row.
- Rye whiskey sourced from MGP in Indiana, using their standard high-rye mash of 95% rye/5% malted barley
- Non-age stated (allegedly aged 5-6 years in new American oak) and finished up to 18 months in Caribbean rum casks.
- Bottled at 50% ABV (100 proof)
- Batch #6F, Bottle #2379
Nose: The rum cask influence asserts itself immediately as molasses mingles with florals and pine needles. Underlying these notes is a vague fruitiness.
Palate: Floral and spicy upon entry, but transitions quickly into sweeter notes of creme brulee and brown sugar. Its much sweeter than most traditional rye whiskeys, but it works out fairly well. A fun and interesting dessert-like dram.
Finish: Leaves a slight burn in the back of your throat with hints of pine, mint, and sugar lingering.
Buying Recommendation: Worth buying a pour. This whiskey will not suit everyone...many drinkers will find it quite polarizing and either love it or hate it. Given the $60+ price tag, be on the safe side and find a pour before dropping the cash on a bottle.
The Rating Scale
At WBSE we use a true 100 point scale for scoring to allow whiskeys to further differentiate themselves (as opposed to a letter grade scale where 90% of whiskeys fall between 78-92). This allows you to more easily compare scores between different whiskeys. Here is how the scale breaks down:
1-49: Varying degrees of bad
60-69: Better than average
90+: truly exceptional
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