Last night I had a rare chance to meet Wes Henderson, who came to New York City to promote Angel's Envy, a Kentucky bourbon created by his father, Lincoln Henderson (an early inductee of the Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame). Over a nearly 40 year career, Lincoln developed esteemed bourbon brands, such as Woodford Reserve and Gentleman Jack before striking out on his own. The family run distillery sits on Main Street in Louisville, Kentucky. If you visit, be sure to book a free tour to see how bourbon is made.
Angel's Envy was creator, Lincoln Henderson's only independent project; and many connoisseurs in the bourbon world say, it is his best. Angel's Envy is a small batch bourbon. Only 8 to 10 barrels are blended at a time. Each batch is tasted for quality control.
Once a year the company releases a limited edition brew. Look for the Angel Envy's label: Cask Strength Bourbon Finished in Port Barrels. Called ''the best spirit in the world" by Spirit Journal, there will only be 8,000 bottles of it produced and available, starting on October 1, 2017.
Cheap it isn't, but definitely worth the splurge for a taste, as Angel's Envy Cask Strength Bourbon is perfection to sip. At 124.5 proof, the bourbon is ultra smooth. Wes Henderson suggests sipping the bourbon straight up, or with a slash of water to release its flavor nuances. Every year this limited edition batch will taste different. This year the special brew has subtle notes of cherry, caramel, chocolate and a shading of cinnamon. (The favor is complex, listed on the website in detail.) A sip bathes your throat in warmth. At last night's launch, a number of people familiar with previous vintages agree, the 2017 Cask Strength Bourbon is their favorite.
But if you're not lucky enough to snatch up a bottle of the limited edition bourbon, you can try one of the two finishes that sell all year around: 1) Angel's Envy Finished Rye; or 2) Angel's Envy Finished Port. Each has unique notes of their own.
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