Monday, March 10, 2014
Angel's Envy Cask Strength: The Angels Can Have It
Angel's Envy Cask Strength was one of the most popular releases of last fall's bourbon season, at least on Facebook bourbon pages. It is a casks strength version of the Angel's Envy port finished bourbon. As with the regular 86 proof version, it has no age statement and is made by an undisclosed distillery.
Angel's Envy Cask Strength, Batch 20, bottled 2013, 61.5% abv ($150)
The nose is very similar to the regular Angel's Envy with sweet corn notes and some chemical notes. The palate starts out with nice caramel but it quickly develops a burning plastic note, sort of similar to sulfur that you'd get in a sherried malt (maybe the port barrels were sulfur treated?). It's quite hot and needs a dash of water, but even then, that burning chemical note is quite strong and off-putting. After taking notes, I looked at Tim Read's review on Scotch & Ice Cream (and thanks to Tim for this sample), and he describes the off note as a hair salon smell which is a perfect description; it's like burning hair.
While this starts decently enough, it quickly goes down hill, and fast. There are different batches of this bourbon so there may be some batch variation, but I certainly wouldn't recommend this one regardless of what you read on Facebook.