ANGEL’S ENVY, the Louisville-based craft distiller famous for its small batch, finished whiskeys, announced the limited-edition release of its ANGEL’S ENVY 2021 Cask Strength Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey Finished in Port Wine Barrels. This limited-edition, 120.7-proof (60.35% ABV) whiskey marks the tenth release in the distiller’s Cask Strength program.
Putting together our annual Cask Strength release has become something of a tradition for our family. It’s hard to believe that we’ve been doing it for ten years. Back in 2012, our first Cask Strength release was a run of just 600 bottles available in only two states. So to see fans all over the country chasing down these bottles and sharing them with their friends and family as a special way to toast over the holidays or as a gift – it’s very rewarding and a reflection of how much Angel’s Envy has grown over the past decade. – Wes Henderson, Co-Founder and Chief Innovation Officer of ANGEL’S ENVY
Each year, as part of the ANGEL’S ENVY Cask Strength program, the Henderson family selects a few exceptional barrels from its rickhouses to undergo an extended finishing process in port wine barrels from Portugal. These special barrels bring forward distinct characteristics in the whiskey, giving each expression a unique nose, palate, and finish. Over the past decade, many Cask Strength releases have received awards from experts and journalists across the industry.
ANGEL’S ENVY 2021 Cask Strength Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey Finished in Port Wine Barrels emits notes of peach and cherry accompanied by hints of brandy, tea, and honey. Notes of leather, toasted oak, and vanilla carry into the palate, along with flavors of stone fruit and port that give way to creamy Crème Brulee and honey with nutty marzipan. The finish emphasizes slight tannins and notes of black tea, apricot, and smoke.
Beginning on December 1, only 14,760 bottles will be available at select retailers in all 50 U.S. states, including the ANGEL’S ENVY distillery in downtown Louisville. Packaged in a collectible carved hardwood box, a 750 ml bottle costs $229.99, however, the price may vary by market.