The smooth scent of this whiskey is not an indicator of the finish – when sipped neat.  First there’s a pleasant molasses/sorghum aroma.  Flavors are very woody and bright – even a bit too bright, turning into a burn in the finish. Very attacky tannins on the tongue.  Overall, this rye is quite spicy for sipping on its own (unless you’re into whiskey burn).  It is much improved in a cocktail where the flavor is more consistent with the aroma, turning honeyed and smoothing out the whiskey on the palate and in the finish.  Must mention: the bottle is a really cool shape.

BEST: In a cocktail. Even a simple one like “Rye and Prejudice” (from Tequila Mockingbird by Tim Federle) which is basically rye with fresh grapefruit juice – pink grapefruit, in my glass.

WHO: Louisville Distilling Company
WHAT: Angel’s Envy rye whiskey
WHERE:  Louisville, Kentucky
PROOF: 100
HOW MUCH:$69.99 (media sample)



About The Author

Becky Sue Epstein

An experienced writer, editor, broadcaster, and consultant in the fields of wine, spirits, food, and travel, Becky Sue's work has appeared in many national and international publications including Intermezzo Magazine, Fine Wine & Liquor, Art & Antiques, Luxury Golf & Travel, Food + Wine, and Wine Spectator. She began her career as a restaurant reviewer for the Los Angeles Times while working in film and television. Epstein is also the author of several books on wine, spirits, and food, including Champagne: A Global History; Brandy: A Global History, and Strong, Sweet and Dry: A Guide to Vermouth, Port, Sherry, Madeira, and Marsala.

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