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.
- 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!