Angel’s Envy Rye

Angels_ryeBack in March, BWG was able to acquire a bottle of the highly acclaimed Angel’s Envy bourbon. We absolutely loved that whiskey and felt it deserving of all its accolades. (Read that review here.) Since sampling the Angel’s Envy bourbon, one of our whiskey recon priorities was to sample the Angel’s Envy rye. As fate would have it whilst vacationing in Cape Cod, one of the BWG brain trust stumbled upon a stockpile. The Angel’s Envy Rye is finished in caribbean rum barrels for up to 18 months before being bottled at 50% abv. The nose is an obvious influence from the rum casks with a delightful mix of brown sugar, coconut, clove, and cinnamon. The palate is creamy and smoother than any 50% rye we’ve ever tried. Once again, the sweeter rum notes burst through with a distinct, chewy, and decadent cinnamon doughnut flavor. Mild baking style spices heat this whiskey up, but develops little to no bite as it heads towards a tropical rum finish. This whiskey’s dominate trait is its sweetness, but this sweetness is not misplaced or without structure. This is not an overwhelming sugary mess, but a savory sweet that literally tastes like a warm, freshly baked cinnamon doughnut. Just as with the Angel’s Envy bourbon, the rye is expertly crafted with an incredible finesse and a pinpoint attention to detail. Coming across a bottle of this should absolutely result in a $75 dent in your bank account – and it’ll be worth every penny. Not locally available. Rating: 94/100.

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3 Responses to Angel’s Envy Rye

  1. G-LO says:

    Great review! Had a sample of this when it came out. Delicious stuff that I’ve recommended to others. Now I need to get a bottle of my very own.,,

  2. Thank you for the kind review! Upstate was launched last week, and some rye should begin to make its way up to you fine folks.

  3. Bob says:

    I read the sour mash reviews. Can’t help but feel that the sour mash “sheeple” follow Jason down whatever road he goes. Not to say that his reviews aren’t worthwhile. I think folks tend to get too analytical and will even reject a product based on a review as opposed to a taste.
    I am not a rye drinker. Bought a bottle of Lock, stock and barrel some time ago and it is still 3//4 full. I miss the sweetness of corn in the mashbill and find the almost flat, cardboardy ryes uninteresting. For just that reason, I picked up this bottle of Angel’s Envy Rye which promised a new rye flavor book. I love this bottle. In fact, I am heading to my local package store to get 3 more. I was so totally surprised by the heavenly rum/rye blending. This rye has an incredible taste collage that is tropical and brown butter yumm. I hate “flavored” alcohol and this is not a flavored beverage. This is rye that benefits greatly by aging for 18 months in rum casks. The rum imparts an amazing smoothness, flavor and sweetness to an otherwise good rye. The result is really as good as it gets. Do yourself a favor-if you can find this bottle, buy it. The nose alone tells the story. These folks stepped out on a limb and the resultant product is truly inspired. They treat whiskey the way Daniel Boulud treats food. Don’t miss the experience.

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