Angel’S Envy 2019 Cask Strength Bourbon Whiskey
Angel’s Envy 2019 Whiskey is back for 2019, marking the eighth year for the brand’s annual high-proof release. Angel’s Envy Bourbon Whiskey begins with the standard Angel’s Envy bourbon, made with a mash bill of 72% corn, 18% rye, and 10% malted barley, aged first in new charred oak barrels and finished in barrels that once held port wine. This bourbon lives up to its reputation – which, in this case, is high praise. I prefer it with a little bit of water and air, to round out the high alcohol content. But the flavor is exceptional, and it comes with a long and elegant finish.
Angel’s Envy 2019 Whiskey is finished in Portuguese port wine casks. Each year, Wes Henderson, Chief Innovation Officer and Co-founder of Angel’s Envy, and his colleagues identify a small portion of barrels from their rickhouse that they believe are exceptional. They look for different characteristics from one year to the next so that the cask strength expressions don’t become redundant. Certain of those “best of the best” barrels eventually become the cask strength expression, which is bottled and released once per year.
While you’re probably going to smell and taste port — it is, after all, Angel’s Envy — the cask-strength whiskey expressions have changed pretty dramatically in taste and flavor from year to year since the program was introduced in 2013.
It contains Rich vanilla, with mellow almond extract and honey notes. Faint scents of cherry, and hints of oak and bread.
It positively gushes with jammy, oaky flavors, with honey and plumb. The flavor combinations are intense, powerful, and well-balanced. Adding a drop of water opened it up more. It is a privilege to drink.
I experienced a brief, warming finish that was reminiscent of tea and browned toast.