Angel’s Envy debuts 10th whiskey in Cask Strength series

by Kate Malczewski

Bacardi-owned distiller Angel's Envy has unveiled the 2021 release of its cask strength Bourbon finished in Port wine barrels.

The whiskey is the 10th release in Angel Envy's annual Cask Strength programme, in which the producer finishes select barrels from its rickhouses in Port wine casks. The series was created in 2012 by Angel's Envy co-founder and chief innovation officer Wes Henderson; his son Kyle; and his father, the late master distiller Lincoln Henderson. "Putting together our annual Cask Strength release has become something of a tradition for our family. It's hard to believe that we've been doing it for 10 years," Wes said. The liquid clocks in at 60.35% ABV. On the nose, it offers notes of peach and cherry along with brandy, tea and honey, while the palate features leather, toasted oak, vanilla, stone fruit, honey and marzipan, with a finish of black tea, apricot and smoke. Just 14,760 bottles of the whiskey have been made this year. The expression will be available at select retailers across all 50 US states from 1 December. "Back in 2012, our first Cask Strength release was a run of just 600 bottles available in only two states," Wes continued. "So to see fans all over the country chasing down these bottles and sharing them with their friends and family as a special way to toast over the holidays or as a gift – it's very rewarding and a reflection of how much Angel's Envy has grown over the past decade." Angel's Envy 2021 Cask Strength Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey Finished in Port Wine Barrels is priced at US$229.99 per 750ml bottle. Earlier this year, the whiskey maker revealed a US$8.2 million expansion of its Louisville distillery, which is scheduled for completion in 2022.