Do You Pay Attention To Details? The Folks At Angel’s Envy Bourbon Whiskey Do!

So my wife Katie tells me about an opportunity to sample some bourbon. I asked which bourbon, and she informed me it was Angel’s Envy Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. I mean seriously, who doesn’t want to sample some free booze? And a bourbon that is getting a lot of attention and rave reviews. I immediately jumped at the chance. Now I’ve read some reviews for spirits, but mainly I’m a cigar guy, doing tastings and reviews (see for cigar reviews). But I’ve always wanted to try and review spirits and thought this would be a great opportunity.

Angels Envy is an artisan bourbon created by Lincoln Henderson, Master Distiller for Louisville Distilling Company, and has been doing this for almost 40 years. For Angel’s Envy, Henderson uses mineral-rich Kentucky lime stone water for distilling and it is aged in American white oak barrels for a minimum of four years. Henderson personally tastes every barrel to see if it is ready for aging. Some might feel he is a perfectionist since he tastes every barrel of bourbon himself. I say that’s just someone who is dedicated to his craft, and it shows. Henderson uses port wine barrels personally selected from Portugal for final aging.


Once we received the Angel’s Envy Bourbon, I couldn’t wait to try it. Immediately I noticed it’s beautiful amber color. Upon opening it, I poured myself a glass and began the tasting. It has a soft vanilla aroma, with hints of nuts and raisins. On my first sip, the first thing I noticed was how it didn’t bite, when you think of bourbon or whiskey, usually it’s got a bite to it, but this is very smooth. More sipping led to flavors of vanilla, toasted nuts, some maple syrup and a nice fruitiness to it. One thing I was impressed with was the finish. Again, with the older style bourbon, it starts off with a bite and ends with a fire in your stomach. But the finish with Angel’s Envy was smooth, just like the first sip. It created a nice little heat, but not too much where it’s bitter, it leaves you feeling content. All in all, this is a great bourbon, something I would recommend it, especially to my cigar friends who are always looking for a nice spirit to consume while smoking a good cigar. Try Angel’s Envy Bourbon Whiskey today, you will be happy that you did. And make sure to notice the angel’s wings burned into each cork, Lincoln Henderson pays attention to every detail, and so should you.


Nicholas DeVito is a freelance writer living in Central New Jersey. You can follow him on Twitter @njdevito and read his cigar blog at and his personal blog at



*Disclaimer – I was not required to write this post. The thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own.

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