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