What It Is
Angel's Envy is an artisan bourbon inspired by Lincoln Henderson's lifetime spent perfecting his craft and creating fine spirits. There may just be a spark of divine vision mixed in as well. Recognized by Malt Advocate, The Bourbon Review and Maxim as one of the top spirits released in 2010, Angel's Envy is positioned as the world's premier super-premium bourbon brand.
Beyond all the press, Angel's Envy is Lincoln Henderson's passion - a career culmination in two fingers of the finest bourbon you've ever tasted. To call Angel's Envy "small batch" is an understatement.
Our bourbon starts with the native Kentucky climate and soil in which our corn and rye are grown, and a pristine limestone watershed rich in calcium and magnesium. These local ingredients are distilled and aged for four to six years in American white oak barrels. Because we want to create a genuinely unique spirit, we age it for three to six additional months in hand-selected port casks to create an exceptionally smooth and nuanced bourbon.
Some people might say Lincoln Henderson has a problem when they hear that he personally samples every batch of Angel's Envy. We agree - he's a raging perfectionist. Through every step of the process, he personally judges each batch's readiness. We hope you'll be able to overlook his condition.
Mr. Henderson describes his masterwork as "a warm spirit, lacking any hint of edginess, with ephemeral hints of port wine and a rich amber hue." He explains, "My goal with Angel's Envy is to produce a bourbon of exceptional character. Even with economic fluctuations, consumers want the opportunity to treat themselves to special indulgences, and I have created an affordable luxury that can be savored." Lincoln Henderson sought to create the best-tasting bourbon on the planet. In our humble opinion, he succeeded.
How We Make It
Crafting fine bourbon is a marriage of science and art, and like the best of marriages, is rooted in love. Angel's Envy begins with Kentucky. We use only mineral-rich Kentucky lime stone water and locally sourced grains. From there, Lincoln Henderson personally oversees every step of the process, guiding each batch's distilling, aging and conditioning. After distilling, Angel's Envy is placed in hand-selected American white oak barrels for a minimum of four years. We like to tempt the angels by placing it at the highest levels of the rack-house for the best aging conditions. Once the bourbon is tasted by Mr. Henderson and deemed ready, it's placed in Port wine barrels he personally selects from Portugal. The barrels are then hand-situated throughout the distillery to age at the perfect temperature. This final process takes between three to six months.
It may seem strange that the aging and finishing processes can vary in time. We consider every barrel to be unique. There is no specific formula for readiness. Each batch is hand-chosen based on flavor and appearance. Mr. Henderson insists upon a very specific color and caramel flavor with subtle vanilla notes. This is where the 'art' happens.
Finally, the finished bourbon is blended by Mr. Henderson to reach its distinctive taste profile. The port cask process imbues Angel's Envy with rich and robust aromas, caramelized fruits, chocolates and a smoky undertone. When it comes to Angel's Envy, Lincoln Henderson is a very particular man. We wouldn't have it any other way.
Master Blender Lincoln Henderson's Tasting Notes
• Sparkling Clear
• Brilliant Amber • Hints of Gold With a Reddish Hue, Nearly Copper
• Subtle Vanilla, Raisins, Maple Syrup, Toasted Nuts
• Mild to Medium
• Vanilla, Ripe Fruit, Maple Syrup,Toast, Bitter Chocolate
• Clean, Lingering Sweetness,Dryness, Dried Fruit, Vanilla, Madeira that Slowly Fades
5 years old
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My Whisky Reviews
That sweetness though...
This was the first "finished" whiskey I ever had. The fantastic palate tease and robust bourbon flavors will make this a quick top 10 for newer or mid-level whiskey drinkers. Affordable and the bottle is gorgeous.
Angel's Envy Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey