Angel’s Envy Cask Strength Bourbon Holiday Release 2012

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Angels Envy Cask Strength Bourbon by Master Distiller Lincoln Henderson

Fire and Ice A Bourbon Tasting with Friends

Forget the crowds, the mad rush of the holidays, and slow down this evening. Gather your closest friends, the family that understands you, and break open a bottle of the newly released Angel’s Envy Cask Strength. There’s only 600 bottles out there… you know it is a special bourbon.

I received a sample of Angel’s Envy Cask Strength just the other day. At the end of a Thanksgiving evening surrounded by bourbon enthusiasts, we each poured a tasting. It was a time of quiet reflection. To thoroughly enjoy good bourbon, you sip slowly reveling in the experience as the spirit moves from lips, to tongue to palate and beyond.

Angels Envy Cask Strength Bourbon in the distictive bottle with wings

Master Distiller Lincoln Henderson understands about taking your time. “Once in a blue moon, we find barrels with unique characteristics that we squirrel away for special things,” says Lincoln Henderson, Master Distiller of Angel’s Envy. “Perfection is a patient man’s game and, at my age, I know a little something about maturity.”

Jessica of Urban Sacred Garden was the first to sip. (I point out she is the youngest amongst us. Giggles) Her first reaction was “fiery” something a red head surely knows about! Angel’s Envy Cask Strength is 121 proof; and has a little kick.

Rhoda laughed at Jess, closed her eyes and took a nip. Rhoda is a recent bourbon convert, taking this cask…err I mean task to heart. Her eyes opened, and she smiled slyly. “Warm and spicy” was her pronouncement.

Tom held the glass up for closer examination before sampling. He remarked on the rich color still the characteristic amber brown; but with hints of red. Behind his bifocals, Tom’s mind processed the appearance. Methodically, he picked up the glass took a long sniff, and then placed the bourbon to his lips. Ever analytical, Tom nodded his approval remarking on the complexity of flavors.

Charlie and I had the last two tastings. Charlie said there was an interesting balance of flavors; some strong some subtle but a harmonious coupling.

The term “cask strength” to me does not really speak of the proof, but to the definite fruitiness imparted by aging liquid grains in hand selected port wine casks. There were whispers of vanilla and oak, but the flirtatious fruited wine flavor; that’s what sold me. That and a pleasant lingering finish!

The press release suggests serving with a little water. As any of my favorite barkeeps and waiters will tell you, I NEVER add ice or water to straight bourbon. I think that’s a sin, but to each his own. Some say the water “opens up the flavor.”

In bourbon, there is romance. As the bourbon ages, seeping in and out of the oak barrels, the product mellows, concentrates, and evaporates. What is lost to heaven is affectionately referred to as “The Angel’s Share.” What Master Distiller Lincoln Henderson found as he blended select barrels into a single batch concoction “Cask Strength”, is indeed something the angels will envy.

Priced at $149 for a 750 ml bottle, the spirit is not one for casual sipping. But with only 600 bottles available and exclusively in the Kentucky and Nashville markets Angel’s Envy Cask Strength we in the Upper South surely have something to celebrate this holiday season. Spread your wings and enjoy this bourbon flight!

Visit for more information on Angel’s Envy Cask Strength and locations where it is available for purchase. Hurry…the supply is very limited!

Disclaimer: I received a small sample bottle of Angels Envy Cask Strength for tasting. My terms were if I did not like it, I would not write about it. It’s as simple as that. I received no compensation for this review…but my palate thanks Louisville Distilling Company for the pleasure!

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About Joyce Pinson

Joyce Friend Pinson is a regional farm-to-table columnist for the Appalachian-News Express. She is a local television host. Her column show and blog, Friends Drift Inn, explores food, gardening, and real life farm-to-table stories from the perspective of a baby boomer in Appalachia. Joyce has a background in agriculture, media, and small business. Joyce is an heirloom gardening addict and home canner. She has a penchant for big hats, pointy toed shoes, and bourbon. Along with her husband Charlie, Joyce really does live in a barn where they ballroom dance. And laugh. And cook. And giggle.