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Not singing from the same hymn book, legendary Master Distiller Lincoln Henderson has flipped the bourbon spiritual paradigm in a new direction by offering Angel's Envy. Aged in new oak charred barrels 4-6 years and finished 3-6 months in port barrels, this is a first in bourbon world.
With angel wings displayed on the bottle and appropriately on the "spirit" side of the classy cork top, the buzz has been flying high in anticipation of this unique bourbon.
Confession made that this review was tasted neat and hand warmed in a 12 oz. snifter.
Nose: Creamy caramels in vanilla, minty, macerated bowl of very ripe summer fruits or berries. Oak and port wine seep hand in hand from the beautifully balanced sweet aromas.
Palate: Lightly spiced with those vanilla and caramel cream notes surrounded by hints of cocoa, mint, currants and port in a lightly oiled smooth package delivered with ease.
Finish: A little peppery buzz on the tongue which lingers within this medium length finish that sustains those porty, oaky notes throughout my attentive tasting ritual.
Non-chilled filtered, this is a delightful new arrival for whiskey world enthusiasts. A very enjoyable and smooth experience which is sure to encourage more distillers to search and pray for their "angels" to arrive and join this heavenly party.
Definitely a bottle that will likely have a steady presence in my cabinet. With rumors of a cask strength expression to be released near the end of 2011, I will be on my best behavior to savor this tough to find bottle in preparation for my next. Pass the collection plate!