Angel’s Envy Rye

angels envy rye

 

 

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.

Notes

  • 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.

Score:  80/100

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

55:  Average

60-69:  Better than average

70-79:  solid/good

80-89:  excellent

90+:  truly exceptional

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Scotch & World Whisky Specialist, YouTube Channel Manager

All Time Favorite Whisky: Talisker 18 year

Daily Drinkers: Laphroaig Quarter Cask, Old Forester 1920

Brett is a musician and singer with a passion for whisky that began in 2010. He began his journey with scotch and it remains his first love. His first experiences with scotch, Glenlivit 12 year and Johnny Walker Swing, only fed a desire to try more. Brett also drinks rye, bourbon, blended whiskey, cognac, and occasionally, rum. Although he enjoys them all, none ignite him like scotch. Brett follows a philosophy of experiencing whisky in as many different expressions as possible and sees every taste of whiskey as worthwhile, regardless of his ultimate opinion of it.

As a lifelong history buff, the historical aspects of whiskey, both in Europe and America, are fascinating to Brett and only add to this fulfilling hobby. Brett resides near the center of the U.S., where bourbon is more common than scotch. None the less, he seeks out new and different scotch whisky daily, in order to expand his knowledge and to find those most interesting drams worthy of sharing with other enthusiasts around the world.

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