Angel’s Envy Rye — Review

Yeah, this is really good stuff. Buy it!
Yeah, this is really good stuff. Buy it!


Angel’s Envy Rye is rye whiskey that’s been distilled in Caribbean rum casks for up to 18 months.  The result is a wonderful whiskey that combines the classic spiciness of a rye with the mellow sweetness of a rum, making it a complex spirit that is a true joy to drink.

I dismissed it at first, thinking it was an overpriced gimmick.  But after hearing some rave reviews and endorsements from friends, I figured I’d give it a go.  Boy am I glad I did.  Real glad.

Company Specs:

  • Appearance: crystal clear quality with a rich, reddish amber color
  • Nose: aromas of citrus, caramel candy, maple sugar, vanilla oak, hazelnut, spice, and sherry wood
  • Palate: sweet rum sherry wood and soft oak
  • Finish: both sweet and dry, as well as quick and easy

Tasting Grade: A-

Angel’s Envy Rye first hits you with a mouth-watering sweetness which is then suddenly crushed by a wave of heat and spice. Not in terms of flavor but in terms of experience, it would be like biting into a milk-chocolate covered Altoid.

It’s a 100 proof, but it doesn’t feel like it at all.  The heat and spice come from the flavor of the rye and are not a result of the alcohol.  It’s super easy to drink.  And it’s the type of whiskey that the second you put down, you’re already pining for your next sip.

Value Grade: B

It goes for around $75-$85 a bottle, if you can find it.  By old world prices, that’s high.  But in the midst of this whiskey renaissance, I guess it’s not too bad.

Overall Rating: A-

Definitely worth buying.  I highly recommend it.  I would say it’s in my top 10 go-to whiskeys because of its uniqueness and flavor.  It’s hard to think of another whiskey that so wonderfully blends intense sweetness with booming spiciness. Get some!

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