2017 Angel's Envy Cask Strength Port Barrel

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Co-Founder and Chief Innovation Officer Wes Henderson explains what makes the 2017 Cask Strength release so special. “I’m very excited about this year’s release. I truly believe that this is one of the best we’ve done so far. It’s like children. You never want to say you have a favorite, and of course you don’t. But every year’s release is distinctive and has its own strengths. Our 2017 Cask Strength ranks up there with the top releases we’ve had so far. I think that it’s a very balanced whiskey. It’s the perfect combination of traditional bourbon along with those port finished notes that we’ve grown to love. This year, we’ve let the bourbon come out a little more than previous years, which makes it even more interesting.”

Angel’s Envy Kentucky Straight Bourbon is finished in port wine casks for an award-winning spirit. THye guide each batch’s conditioning, blending their handcrafted bourbon in small batches of 8 to 12 barrels at a time.

It’s typically aged for up to 6 years. While they lose about 5% of the spirit each year to evaporation, or “the Angel’s Share,” what’s left behind after they're done is truly worthy of envy.

Once it’s deemed ready, the finish the bourbon in ruby port wine casks, which adds subtly distinct flavor nuances that enhance the whiskey without challenging it. The port finishing process lasts between three to six months, depending on taste.

They use 60-gallon ruby port barrels made from French oak and imported directly from Portugal. This creates a whiskey of unprecedented smoothness, sweetness and balance.

Appearance: Gold color laced with reddish amber hues, nearly copper in tone

Nose: You’ll detect notes of subtle vanilla, raisins, maple syrup and toasted nuts

Palate: Vanilla, ripe fruit, maple syrup, toast and bitter chocolate

Finish: Clean and lingering sweetness with a hint of Madeira that slowly fades

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