Angel’s Envy

flagship-bottleHere’s something interesting about this particular bourbon: I’ve never purchased a bottle of this, but I drink this bourbon – a lot. That’s because if a bar that I go to has it, it will invariably be my first round, and if the bar doesn’t have anything else interesting, I’ll usually stick with it.

Angel’s Envy is like a bourbon chameleon for me. It’s wonderful neat but works just fine as the base for an Old Fashioned or a Mint Julep. I’ve never had it with a Manhattan, but I actually prefer less sweet whiskeys for that particular cocktail.

Now you might be wondering why I’d use such a nice bourbon in a cocktail. Well… it’s because I can… 🙂 Flippancy aside, I’d rather have my favorite cocktails with great whiskey instead of the cheap well stuff. Go big or go home!

What I Smell

I love the nose on this bourbon! Ripe, red cherry, followed by maple syrup and Rice Krispie treats, enveloped by a warm, woody fragrance. There’s a hint of grain throughout. Very pleasing.

What I Taste

More ripe cherry up front. Mid-palate to me is almost like biting into a gooey, melty s’more with the marshmallow still bubbling from the fire. The mouthfeel is velvety-smooth, further enforcing that marshmallow taste. The finish is medium and sweet with an expected touch of vanilla, and a wonderful, slight, citrus tartness.

How I Like to Drink It

My first inclination is to make an Old Fashioned with it. In fact, if I have to call out my favorite bourbon to use with an Old Fashioned, it’ll be Angel’s Envy. Its natural sweetness and overall balance lend themselves well to a traditional cocktail. When I do have an Old Fashioned with this though, I ask the bartender to go easy on the sugar, and use about half of the sugar they’d normally use.

Then again, sometimes I just enjoy it neat, or with a chip of ice.

What I’ve Found Out About It

I had no idea that the former master distiller for Woodford Reserve created Angel’s Envy. I love Woodford Reserve, so this probably influences why I dig Angel’s Envy so much.

Overall Impression

I think all I’ve said above pretty much sums up what I think of this bourbon. I love it.


Author: GoofyDawg

Brendan "GoofyDawg" Delumpa is just a regular guy who has four passions in life: Guitar, Golf, Wine, and Whiskey. As the "Dawg" or GoofyDawg, he's got his nose to the ground in search of great guitar gear, the perfect golf shot, and as many great wines and whiskeys as he can handle!

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