Angel’s Envy is a popular liquor for its versatility. Enjoyed both neat and in a cocktail, the golden liquor in the bottle can spread its wings and allow the drinker to explore their sipping preferences. With the new, limited edition Angel’s Envy Cask Strength Rye Whiskey, the first offering from Master Distiller Owen Martin, the celebration of rye sets the annual liquor event down a new path.
For the 12th cask offering, Angel’s Envy took a departure from its previous direction. By releasing a rye edition, the complexities of rye take on new flavors. While the cask finishing adds an elevated touch, it is more than just the flavor imparted by the wood. It is finding a nuance in the blend that will have people contemplating why this concept has not been perused previously.
As his first cask finish as Angel’s Envy Master Distiller, Owen Martin commented, “We are always looking to push the boundaries of innovation at ANGEL’S ENVY. It was thrilling to kick off my journey with the best-in-class team at the distillery on the 12th Annual Cask Strength Bourbon and the first-ever limited-edition Cask Strength Rye Whiskey. With my deep background in maturing, blending, and finishing whiskey, I’ve been able to share a unique perspective on the ANGEL’S ENVY’S award-winning Cask Strength program, and am looking forward to this next chapter with the brand.”
The Angel’s Envy Cask Strength Rye Whiskey has some characteristics that people expect from the liquor brand, but the spice notes from the rye are never overshadowed. That spice not only awakens the palate, but it seems to slightly linger. The feeling is warm, satisfying, leads the drinker to enjoy another taste.
Overall, there is a creaminess to this spirit. Although it does not necessarily have a heavy mouth feel, the combination toasted oak barrels and Sauternes Casks bring a sweetness which is enjoyable. The pear notes almost give a wintery fruit feeling. Always in balance, the varying parts play into that expected complexity.
From the warm baking spices to the nod to cream soda, there is a touch of whimsy blending into that sophistication. Maybe it is that little bit of marshmallow that might have some people choosing to pour some into the glass while sitting by the fire.
As people have come to expect over the past 12 years, the Sauternes Casks impact the aroma and nose. Those wine tannins are always present, but the black tea and floral characteristics keep it from stepping too far into the wine realm. Again, it is another layer of the brand’s complexity in this offering.
Lastly, the Angel’s Envy Cask Strength Rye Whiskey does have a high proof. At 118.2 proof, the offering is not meant for the uninitiated. For some, a splash of water or even allowing a single cube to slowly melt in the glass might be appreciated.
The Angel’s Envy Cask Strength Rye Whiskey has a limited release of 5,500 bottles. A bottle has a price range of $269.99 and $229.99 at limited retailers. It can be purchased Angel’s Envy Distillery in Louisville starting at 9 a.m. on December 1, 2023.