DISCLAIMER: The Sample for this review was provided by the distiller. All ideas and opinions in this post are entirely my own. I do not accept any money for these reviews.
Nose: Sweet Corn, Vanilla, Port, Maple, Black Pepper, Citrus, Black Cherry, molasses, and oak
Taste: Sweet Corn, Caramel, Vanilla, Port, Black Pepper, Citrus, Black Cherry, and oak
Finish: Long, sweet, and smooth
Rick: 9. 5/10.0
Sam: 9. 5/10.0
Overall: 9. 5/10.0
Thanks to the folks at Angels Envy for this fine bottle. I had seen this on the shelves a time or two, but never gave it more than a glance. It is a very cool bottle, but I’ll be honest I hadn’t heard a lot about it and the price was a bit high at the time, nearly $90, for an unknown. When I finally got around to hearing about it, I couldn’t find anything but a label showing where it once sat on the now empty shelf. The price had also dropped to $45-$60 dollars. Alas, it was elusive. Lucky for me the folks at Angels Envy took pity.
This is now one of my favorite Bourbons. It is complex and layered with a balance I don’t normally find in bourbon. The nose is a complex but also quite forward, none of the aromatics seem to fall to the background, or rush at you all at once. It is a lively procession of aromas marching past and teasing the olfactory.
The first sip starts off sweet with vanilla and black cherries, then morphs in to black pepper, citrus and spice with a bit of port wine dryness. The liquid begs to be rolled around the entire mouth to experience each nuance and flavor there is. The only down fall is the finish. It is lingering finish that is sweet and spicy with a hint of dryness that is outstanding. The downside is that it is so smooth that there is no burn or bite at all. I find that a deficiency when I drink whisk(e)y. Not an utter let down, but a bit of a disappointment.
Definitely one I want to keep on the shelf. I am now looking forward to buying the cask strength. I find myself wondering if that would fulfill my need for the finish that I want. If you get a chance I’d definitely recommend this. A pleasing Bourbon with the awards to match!
Wine Enthusiast Magazine awarded Angel’s Envy 98/100 points – the highest-ever rating for a bourbon.
Received five stars (highest recommendation) from F. Paul Pacult’s Spirit Journal,
Recieved a 93 rating from Malt Advocate
Was named the 2013 Editor’s Top Pick Award Of Excellence by Beverage Industry News.
Recognized by Malt Advocate, The Bourbon Review and Maxim as one of the top spirits released in 2010.
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Until Next Time,