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Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Angel's Envy Announces Bourbon Finished In Madeira Casks

Angel's Envy has announced a new bourbon Finished In Madeira Casks. This follows up previous releases of bourbon being finished in Japanese Mizunara Oak CasksTawny Port Wine BarrelsPort Barrels, and Oloroso Sherry Casks and is the third release in the Cellar Collection.

Wes Henderson, Co-Founder and Chief Innovation Officer of Angel's Envy says:
There's deep history and craftsmanship involved in the production of Madeira wine, so my sons and I knew we wanted to tap into that to create something special for our Cellar Collection. We took a trip to the island in 2015 and tried more than 30 varieties until we found the perfect casks that would lend both the dryness of a good sherry and the richness of tawny port to our bourbon. This release, like all of Angel's Envy's whiskeys, was a family effort, so it feels only right to share this bourbon with our fans in celebration of Father's Day.
This new release is limited to 3,360 bottles that will be available in select retailers across the country (not in Ohio 😒) beginning on June 6th (the distillery will have 400 available starting at 1pm). However, beginning May 21-25, Angel's Envy 500 Main Members can enter to win the chance to purchase 1 of 600 bottles that have been allocated for pickup and purchase at the distillery in Louisville, KY prior to the public sale. For those interested in entering the raffle, Angel's Envy 500 Main is their free loyalty program. Winners will be notified by May 28th and will receive the opportunity to purchase a bottle by June 1st.

This release has spent a full year in the Madeira casks to try to bring in additional fruit notes as well as deeper wood notes. It comes in at 100-proof (50% alcohol) and carries an MSRP of $229.99 for a 750ml bottle. The official tasting notes are:

Nose: Caramelized banana, brown sugar, raisins, almonds and faint cherry
Taste: Oak, grass, smoke, leather, chocolate and dried cherries
Finish: Lingers with notes of almond and hazelnut.

My Take

As I've said before, Angel's Envy is not my favorite bourbon. I need to do a formal review so I can quantify it, but I didn't enjoy the taste... probably because of the finishing in the port wine barrels. However, I know there are a lot of people who really like Angel's Envy. If you're one of those people, this may be a release driving to Kentucky to try to score one. For me, I'll be sitting this one out. 

What do you think? Let me know in the comments. 

Source: Angel's Envy

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