For the eleventh time, Angel’s Envy has released its annual Cask Strength whiskey, Angel’s Envy 2022 Cask Strength Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey Finished in Port Wine Barrels. It’s a mouthful as far as titles go and so is the whiskey. Frankly, it just makes us wonder why all whiskeys aren’t finished in Port wine barrels.
This year’s limited edition arrives at 59.8% ABV with just 16,980 bottles set to be made available. Last year’s edition came in at 60.35% ABV with just 14,760 bottles being made available.
“Our annual Cask Strength expression is our most highly anticipated annual tradition at Angel’s Envy, both for our team and for our fans, and this year’s release is special – not just because it is an exceptional whiskey, but because it also marks an exciting time in Angel’s Envy’s growth,” said Gigi DaDan, General Manager of Angel’s Envy. “Looking ahead, we can’t wait to see the unique perspective that our new Master Distiller Owen Martin will bring to the Cask Strength program as he oversees it with the support of our best-in-class production team.”
Each year, as part of the Angel’s Envy Cask Strength program, the Angel’s Envy team selects noteworthy barrels from its rickhouses to put through an extended finishing process in Port wine barrels from Portugal. These barrels bring forward distinct characteristics in the whiskey, giving each expression of the Cask Strength a unique nose, palate and finish.
The 2022 edition offers hints of leather, brown sugar and caramel on the nose, followed by crème brûlée and marshmallow with notes of green apple and orange. On the palate, apples, caramel, and brown sugar are present, and the creaminess pairs with the orange from the nose to give a creamsicle richness. Vanilla, toasted oak, and black pepper spice round out the flavor before a finish featuring a light fruitiness, grape tannic notes, and a lingering spice. The brand recommends sipping the whiskey neat.
The Angel’s Envy 2022 Cask Strength Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey Finished in Port Wine Barrels is priced at $229.99 per 750ml bottle. For more information, head over to the brand’s official website.
In June, Angel’s Envy unveiled its completed $8.2 million Brand Home expansion at 500 E. Main St. in Louisville, Kentucky.