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Angel’s Envy Limited-Edition 2020 Cask Strength Bourbon Review

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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.
Wes Henderson, co-founder and chief innovation officer of Angel's Envy

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ANGEL’S ENVY 2020 CASK STRENGTH BOURBON

BOTTLE DETAILS

  • 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: Caramel  |  Corn  |  Spiced Cherries  |  Toasted Oak

TASTE: Rye Spice  |  Oak  |  Faint Sweet Honey  |  Green Apple

FINISH: Medium with lingering sweetness and some grain

SHARE WITH: While young, this is a blend to share with your “drink curious” not too judgy friends.

WORTH THE PRICE: I found Ingram an interesting expression. I am generally a Midwest Grain Products fan, and I like to support craft distillers/blenders with innovative ideas. With all that being said, at over $70 for a less than 4-year-old, sourced, blended whiskey, this would be a tough sell for me.

BOTTLE, BAR OR BUST: This whiskey is not a bust. It has interest and depth that you wouldn’t expect by its age. The blending is done well and with the innovative take on aging, I will give it a BAR rating. Try it first, if you can, before you buy. In the fifty dollar range, I would be tempted to go bottle.

OVERALL: O. H. Ingram River Aged Straight Whiskey, I found interesting whiskey. Aged in a floating “rickhouse” at the confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers, in Ballard County, Kentucky. The theory being the gentle rocking of the barrels enhances the aging process. This process has its roots in the river transport of barreled distillate from Bourbon County delivered to New Orleans, with the transformed taste that apocryphally led to our native spirit. Does it make a difference? I have no idea, but there are a lot of people putting barrels on ocean voyages, riverboats, playing music to them, and even aging in cranberry bogs.

I have an issue with brands using invented or unrelated stories to support the “marketing” of their spirits. I don’t see that as an issue with O.H. Ingram. They have family history tied to the river and actually age on floating barges. They don’t hide the source, age, or mash bills of their product. Starting from typically quality rye and bourbon distillate from MGP in Indiana, aging for over three years and blended well, has produced a straight whiskey. It has a surprising depth for a young age. I found it drinkable neat, better with ice, but not particularly suitable for cocktails. My only issue with this product is the price, which is high for what it is. Understanding that the cost of sourcing and barreling probably drives this cost. If you find it in a bar, or you have the resource and drinking curiosity, I would not dissuade you from giving this one a try.

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.


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ANGEL'S ENVY® Releases Limited-Edition 2020 Cask Strength Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey Finished In Port Barrels In All 50 States

2020 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.

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Steve Coomes is a Louisville restaurant industry veteran turned award-winning food writer. In his 29-year career, he has edited and written for dozens of national trade and consumer publications including Pizza Today, Nation's Restaurant News and Southern Living. As a spirits writer, Steve's byline can be found in Whisky magazine, Bourbon Review, Bourbon & Banter, WhiskeyWash.com and other publications. In 2014, he authored the book, "Country Ham: A Southern Tradition of Hogs, Salt & Smoke," and has authored other titles as a private ghostwriter.
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Steve Coomes is a Louisville restaurant industry veteran turned award-winning food writer. In his 29-year career, he has edited and written for dozens of national trade and consumer publications including Pizza Today, Nation's Restaurant News and Southern Living. As a spirits writer, Steve's byline can be found in Whisky magazine, Bourbon Review, Bourbon & Banter, WhiskeyWash.com and other publications. In 2014, he authored the book, "Country Ham: A Southern Tradition of Hogs, Salt & Smoke," and has authored other titles as a private ghostwriter. Read Steve's full profile.