My review today kicks off a few consecutive reviews I will be doing of rye whiskeys with a review of Angel’s Envy Rye (stay tuned for reviews of George Dickel Rye and High West Rendezvous Rye).  Angel’s Envy Rye is the only rye on shelves from Louisville Distilling Company, and it has certainly attracted some different thoughts from whiskey lovers.  Angel’s Envy’s base rye whiskey is 5-7 year-old rye whiskey sourced from Midwest Grain Products (MGP), which is the company that used to be called LDI.  It is the same source of Bulliet 95, Willett Rye, George Dickel Rye, and many others.

Angel’s Envy’s whiskey uses MGP’s standard 95% rye recipe, but then puts a distinctly “Angel’ Envy” twist into it.  Angel’s Envy takes that 5-7 year-old rye, and dumps the whiskey into ex-Cognac casks that most were most recently used to finish Caribbean rum.  Once the whiskey has taken a 12-18 month nap in the Rum/Cognac casks, Angel’s Envy Rye is bottled at 100 proof (50% abv) and sold in the iconic Angel’s Envy bottles.  (The batch I am reviewing specifically is Batch 1D.)  Without further ado, onto the whiskey itself…

On the nose, Angel’s Envy Rye is its own animal.  The profile of the MGP rye is there, but packaged in something new and unique.  Notes of gingerbread cookies, brown sugar, maple, pine, candied yams, spearmint, and molasses are all present.  The palate is medium to full-bodied, presenting notes of gingerbread, pine sap, mint, and rye spice.  There are also darker sweet flavors in the palate, such as maple sugar and molasses.  The finish is medium in length, with a lot of maple wood and sharp rye hanging around the palate, with a hint of crème brulee.  This whiskey takes water very well, taming down the density of the whiskey, leaving for soft sugary notes on the palate, and only subtle spiciness from the rye.

Overall, this is a whiskey that most people will love or hate.  My guess is that if you don’t like rum or sweet desserts, this will not be your thing.  However, I love rum and sweet desserts, and I really like this rye.  It is not always a bargain buy, but if it is on sale, it is worth the try because of how unique of an experience Angel’s Envy Rye truly is.  My grade: B+.  Price: $70-80/750ml.  I love all the different flavors happening in this one, even if it is on the higher end of what I like paying for a bottle of whiskey.

Much thanks to Louisville Distilling Company for the bottle!

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