Angel’s Envy bottles mizunara cask-finished Bourbon

Aug 20, 2020by Owen Bellwood

Louisville-based Angel’s Envy has kicked off its new Founder’s Collection of limited edition whiskeys with the launch of a Bourbon finished in Japanese mizunara oak casks to mark its 10th anniversary.

Angel’s Envy Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey Finished in Japanese Mizunara Oak Casks is a blend of four-year-old and nine-year-old Angel’s Envy Kentucky Straight Bourbon, which has been finished in Japanese mizunara oak casks for an additional two years. This release is the first in the Angel’s Envy Founder's Collection, which will include whiskeys commemorating brand anniversaries, special events and milestones. Wes Henderson, Angel’s Envy co-founder and chief innovation officer, said: "Ten years ago today, my dad Lincoln and I filled our first Port barrels with the Bourbon that would eventually become Angel's Envy. In celebration, we wanted to release something special to honour my dad's incredible legacy, how far Angel's Envy has come and our exciting future ahead. "We chose this release for the 10th anniversary because my dad, having taken on several consulting roles in Japan during his career, always had a deep appreciation for the country and its distilling community. This release, finished in mizunara casks made from this rare, 200-year-old wood, felt fitting for such a special milestone for Angel's Envy." Bottled at 48.9% ABV, the whiskey is said to offer “notes of smoky wood, sandalwood, banana bread, cherry and ripe apples” on the nose. On the palate, it has flavours of vanilla, oak, chocolate, banana, cinnamon, apple and light black pepper. The limited edition release has a suggested retail price of US$349.99 for a 750ml bottle. Initially, sales of Angel’s Envy Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey Finished in Japanese Mizunara Oak Casks will be limited to members of loyalty club Angel’s Envy 500 Main. A limited run of 1,200 bottles will be available for public purchase on 1 September at Angel’s Envy distillery in downtown Louisville and select retailers in Kentucky.