Angel’s Envy Bottled In Bond Bourbon Review

Angel's Envy has released their first unfinished bourbon...ever! Not only that, but it is Bottled in Bond AND Cask Strength. So, what's it like? Read on to find out!
Angel’s Envy
Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Cask Strength
Age: Almost 6 Years
100 Proof
MSRP: $54.99/375ml (Distillery Only)

Please enjoy our Angel’s Envy Cask Strength Bottled In Bond Bourbon review!

Unfinished Angel’s Envy Bourbon?

I think it is safe to say, this bourbon came as a quite the surprise to pretty much everyone. If you had told me that I would one day be sitting here reviewing an unfinished bourbon from Angel’s Envy, I would have thought you were a little crazy. After all, the brand was built on finished whiskeys, so why would they deviate from their path? Then, if you had also told me that it would be a Bottled In Bond Bourbon, I would have been even more skeptical. But, then again, that is a sort of “coming of age” thing for distilleries to do, so it’s possible. However, if you added that the Bottled in Bond Bourbon was going to be at cask strength, I would have thought YOU might have had a little too much cask strength whiskey.

A Cask Strength Bottled In Bond?

Well, as it turns out, that is exactly what Angel’s Envy did. At first, it is a bit of a head-scratcher, because how can a bourbon be both cask strength, and the 100 proof required of the Bottled-In-Bond Act? It turns out that with a little advance planning, it’s quite possible. While distillate destined to be bourbon can not go into the barrel at higher than 125 proof, it can go in substantially lower. In this case, it went into the barrel at 103 proof. Then, the barrels were stored in a cool, humid warehouse. Therefore, the proof dropped during aging. In fact, these barrels dropped below 100 proof by the time they were fully mature. So, those 27 low proof barrels were blended with 2 high proof barrels from the same distilling season. That succeeded in bringing the proof up to 100 exactly. That’s all pretty clever, and totally allowable under the Bottled In Bond Act.

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Tasting Notes – Angel’s Envy Bottled In Bond Bourbon Review

Let’s taste it:

🛏 Rested for 15 minutes in a Glencairn

👉🏻Nose: Baked apples, cherries and dried apricots; syrupy brown sugar; caramel; hints of cinnamon, cloves, cedar, wintergreen and anise; alcohol vapor appropriate for the proof
👉🏻Taste: Baked apples, brown sugar, caramel, anise, hint of cinnamon, mild dry oak and cloves
👉🏻Finish: Black pepper, anise, cloves, mild barrel char, dry oak and tannins; cinnamon apple pie notes; increasingly dry; moderately long with a pleasant warmth

The nose is rich and complex with plenty of fruit up front, including baked apples, sweet cherries and dried apricots. There’s a background of syrupy brown sugar and caramel, but then quite a bit of contrast from spices such as anise, wintergreen, cinnamon and cloves, with a hint of cedar, to boot. The taste continues along similar lines, with sweet baked apples, brown sugar, caramel, a hint of cinnamon and mild dry oak, with anise and cloves, too. The spices continue into the finish, with increasing black pepper, a bit of char, and growing dryness. However, there is also a pleasant, subtle, cinnamon apple pie overtone, as well.

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Angel’s Envy Barrel Strength Bottled In Bond Bourbon packs quite a surprising variety of flavors. The low barrel entry proof would be expected to bring about ample complex flavors, and indeed, it does. I’ve tasted this bourbon on multiple occasions now, and I know I’ve listed a seemingly unrealistically long list of flavors. Nonetheless, believe me, they are all there.

Have you tried Angel’s Envy Barrel Strength Bottled In Bond Bourbon? Is it just me, or do you get as many complex flavors as well? I’d really like to know! Cheers!🥃

We hope you have enjoyed our Angel’s Envy Cask Strength Bottled In Bond Bourbon review! Would you like to learn about one of Angel’s Envy regular releases? Then check out our Angel’s Envy Bourbon Review! If you would like to learn about the distillery, then you’ll want to read our Angel’s Envy Distillery Tour

Note: This bottle was graciously provided by the company for my review.

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