Angel’s Envy Prepares A Madeira Cask-Finished Bourbon

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Angel’s Envy, the Louisville, Kentucky distillery, is recognized as a bourbon-forward operation, admired for its flagship bourbon finished in port casks. It also shares more unusual offerings, like its Cellar Collection series of bourbons, finished in other cask types, 2019’s Oloroso Sherrt casks, and 2020’s Tawny Port Wine Barrels.  Now, for 2021, Angel’s Envy shares a drink from Madeira casks for added age time.

The new Angel’s Envy, limited edition Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey Finished in Madeira Casks, is a 100 proof (50% ABV) whiskey that’s a blend of bourbons that were finished for a year in Madeira casks. 

Usually, the finishing period for a drink of this type is just six months, However, this extended finished period is seemingly not something done typically in the whiskey industry The result of extra time lends the drink “deeper wood notes and an extra layer of complexity.”

Angel’s Envy plans to release this bourbon as a Father’s Day treat, with just 600 of the 3,360 bottles being offered up to the distillery’s 500 Main members club via a lottery system starting May 21st. Those chosen will have an opportunity to secure their purchase of the release ahead of public sale at the distillery. Notification of those who win will occur on May 28th.

Speaking in a prepared statement about the drink, Wes Henderson, Co-Founder and Chief Innovation Officer, said:

“There’s deep history and craftsmanship involved in the production of Madeira wine, so my sons and I knew we wanted to tap into that to create something special for our Cellar Collection,”

“We took a trip to the island in 2015 and tried more than 30 varieties until we found the perfect casks that would lend both the dryness of a good sherry and the richness of tawny port to our bourbon.

“This release, like all of Angel’s Envy’s whiskeys, was a family effort, so it feels only right to share this bourbon with our fans in celebration of Father’s Day.”

The remaining bottles for the Angel’s Envy Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey Finished in Madeira Casks release will available at the distillery and also in select retailers in KY, NY, CA, FL, TN, IL and TX for around $230 per 750 ml bottle. Official tasting notes suggest “notes of caramelized banana, brown sugar, raisins, almonds and faint cherry on the nose, as well as notes of oak, grass, smoke, leather, chocolate and dried cherries on the palate. The finish lingers with notes of almond and hazelnut.”

For more information, head over to the official website.