- DISTILLER: Angel's Envy
- MASH BILL: Not disclosed
- AGE: Not disclosed
- YEAR: 2020
- PROOF: 120.4 Proof (60.2% ABV)
- MSRP: $199.99
- BUY ONLINE: Wine-Searcher.com
NOSE: Purple Iris | Crushed Green Apple | Cedar | Browned Butter
TASTE: Good Bourbon + Grape Jelly | Port wine |Brown Sugar | Caramel
FINISH: Super long and quite warm.
SHARE WITH: Any bourbon fan.
WORTH THE PRICE: Good as it is, $199 is steep for me on this one.
BOTTLE, BAR OR BUST: Bar. That way it's affordable to buy a pour for you and another.
OVERALL: I’m really pleased with this release because of its port-forward notes. Some recent Angel’s Envy Cask Strength releases tasted more like delicious, polished bourbon while lacking the distinctive port finish components of early releases.
For anyone wondering why I pointed to purple iris in my nose notes: Years ago, a friend gave me some purple iris bulbs that I replanted. As they grew and bloomed, a powdered grape aroma (think grape Kool-Aid) emanated from them. Ever since, they’ve been one of my favorite flowers. That aroma is present in this release.
ANGEL'S ENVY RELEASES LIMITED-EDITION 2020 CASK STRENGTH KENTUCKY STRAIGHT BOURBON WHISKEY FINISHED IN PORT BARRELS
PROOF: 120.4-proof (60.2% ABV)]
MASH BILL: Not disclosed.
COOPERAGE: Charred American white oak
AGE: Not disclosed
NOSE: Apricot, Bing Cherry and Plums | Baking Spices | Brown Sugar | Vanilla | Oak and Leather
PALATE: Bing Cherries | Salted Chocolate and Orange Peel | Cedar
FINISH: Tannic complemented with citrus notes, slightly drying, lingering at the back of the mouth.
ANGEL'S ENVY® RELEASES LIMITED-EDITION 2020 CASK STRENGTH KENTUCKY STRAIGHT BOURBON WHISKEY FINISHED IN PORT BARRELS IN ALL 50 STATES2020 marks the first time Angel's Envy's annual Cask Strength offering will be available in all 50 states
LOUISVILLE, Ky.— ANGEL'S ENVY announced the limited-edition release of ANGEL'S ENVY 2020 Cask Strength Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey Finished in Port Barrels. Just 17,400 bottles of the 120.4-proof (60.2% ABV) limited offering will be available at select retailers—for the first time in the company’s history—in all 50 U.S. states. The 2020 release is the ninth iteration of ANGEL's ENVY's Cask Strength.
“My boys and I look forward to working together to release our Cask Strength whiskey to bookend each year—it’s our family tradition that lets us both reflect on and celebrate our growth," said Wes Henderson, co-founder and chief innovation officer of ANGEL'S ENVY. “Many of our fans have made it their own tradition to hunt down and collect our annual Cask Strength release, or give it as a special gift over the holidays. So we're especially excited that folks in all 50 states will get the opportunity to track down one of 2020's special bottles.”
The Angel's Envy Cask Strength program started in 2012 when Wes Henderson, along with his father, the late Master Distiller Lincoln Henderson, and his eldest son Kyle Henderson, first selected a handful of exceptional barrels to put through the extended finishing process in Portuguese port wine casks. The tradition has been carried forward by Wes and his sons each year since, and ANGEL'S ENVY's Cask Strength releases have received recognition and numerous awards and accolades from reviewers, critics and journalists across the industry.
Suggested retail price for a 750mL bottle, which may vary by market, is $199.99.
Disclaimer: Angel's Envy provided Bourbon & Banter with a sample of their product for this review. We appreciate their willingness to allow us to review their products with no strings attached. Thank you.