Angel’s Envy Rye — Review

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

Overview:

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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