Angel’s Envy Rye Whiskey Review

by Ernie Ayres on June 1, 2013

Angel's Envy Rye WhiskeyI want to start this off by saying that the name Angel’s Envy has given their new whiskey to be a bit deceiving. Rye whiskey usually has an obvious rye bite on the front. While only needing to be 51% Rye to be called “Rye Whiskey”, Angel’s Envy, as they often do, went beyond the minimum requirements to achieve their goal. This whiskey is actually 95% Rye and 5% Malted Barley. Also, instead of the minimum aging period of two years in American new charred oak barrels, Master Distiller Lincoln Henderson decided it was best to let this sweet nectar work for at least six years. And if that wasn’t enough, he then pours the six year old whiskey into used Carribean Rum casks, which actually started life as Congnac barrels, for up to 18 months.

That’s seven and a half years of waiting!Why let it age that long, you ask? Because what comes out of the rum barrels is the current top-of-the-line whiskey for under $100 a bottle. This is not what most people think of when they think of whiskey. As a matter of fact, I would say this might be the boutique whiskey of the present and the foreseeable future.

On to my notes.

With the first whiff I got rum, heavy oak and wine, rye, leather and sweet caramel. Again, less rye than I expected, and pleasantly so. The ex-congnac barrels / ex-rum barrels give this rye whiskey an amazing depth. I find myself stopping to open the bottle several times during the day just to smell it. Simply amazing.

I only tasted this neat. Usually I’ll do a neat pour and then a pour with a little water. I couldn’t bring myself to put any water in this. You are on your own if you decide to do so. The taste was a heavy rum, wine cask, and rye (the rum fades quickly leaving the rye) more caramel but less sweet, strong vanilla, light fruit on the end. Definitely complex but not overwhelmingly so. As with the nose, I was surprised at the subtlety of the rye and the welcome presence of the rum/cognac taste.

Finish:Angel's Envy Rye Whiskey Sample Bottle
The flavor fades slowly, leaving the sweetness and woodiness. After a couple of minutes I could still taste the sweet.

I would drink this whiskey before dinner, during dinner and/or after dinner. Maybe while watching a movie or sitting around a campfire. The only downside is the $69.99 a 750ml bottle price tag. However, after all the time and attention that was put into this whiskey, I think it’s worth the price.

Angel’s Envy Rye Whiskey gets a 9.8 out of 10 Noses! This is, without a doubt, one of the best whiskeys I have tasted. I still have half of the sample bottle and something tells me that I will have that around for quite a while. And, of course, if anyone wants to send me a full bottle, email me through our Contact page and I will send you the address.

Also, it may be hard to find. Only 2,500 9-liter cases will be released in California, Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Massachussetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Texas. Angel’s Envy is aiming for this to be a big seller for Father’s Day, June 16 2013. I say don’t wait! Go find it now. Why make anyone wait?

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