Monday, November 18, 2013
Angel's Envy Rye
It feels like almost every day brings with it a new rye from Midwest Grain Products (formerly LDI, formerly Seagram's) in Indiana. Today I try Angel's Envy Rye from the Louisville Distilling Company, the bottler of finished bourbon founded by the late Lincoln Henderson, formerly of Brown Forman. Angel's Envy is an MGP rye finished in Caribbean rum casks.
Angel's Envy Rye, Batch 1F, 50% abv ($72)
The nose is pure LDI, mostly mint with that slight whiff of pickel juice and some juniper notes, like a dirty martini made with pickle juice instead of olive juice. On the palate, I expected the typical burst of rye similar to the nose and readily found in other LDI ryes, but no, something different. It starts with vanilla, then a touch of mint, and then the rum sets in with fresh cane sugar juice. The finish is a perfect balance of sweet rum and the briny rye.
This was a really surprising and fun one. It had all of that LDI brininess but the rum cask influence tempered it and added a sweet counterbalance. If anything, the rum is maybe a bit too influential, making it a tad too sweet, but all in all, it's a successful and interesting whiskey.