With thoughts of last weekend’s Kentucky Derby still on my mind, I thought we’d cover a fascinating Bourbon today: Angel’s Envy, a Port-barrel-finished beauty by Lincoln Henderson, the genius whose name is synonymous with everything from Gentleman Jack to Woodford Reserve. This one, though it differs a bit from what you may be used to, is a great example of why you should always be willing to drink outside the box, even within categories of wines and spirits that are already familiar: Surprises often await, as Angel’s Envy brilliantly demonstrates.
Angel’s Envy Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
A rich, utterly beautiful amber color presages aromas of exotic sandalwood, incense, cinnamon stick, nutmeg, and dried apricot. Warm, almost smoky flavors of ripe berry, apple fritters, and baked pear lend a vaguely camp-fire note to it all. It ends on a creamy note, with hints of marzipan and hazelnut creme, as well as a touch of praline. Fascinating and detailed, this is a Bourbon that sips as easily, and as rewardingly, as any you’ll find. Wonderful whiskey.