Angel’s Envy is releasing its first-ever cask strength rye whiskey.
The whiskey—limited edition Angel’s Envy 2023 Cask Strength Straight Rye Whiskey Finished in Sauternes and Toasted Oak Barrels—was announced on Thursday, along with the 12th cask strength bourbon, Angel’s Envy 2023 Cask Strength Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey Finished in Port Wine Barrels. Both will be available on December 1.
These are the very first releases from Owen Martin, master distiller, who joined the brand last fall. Martin hand-selected the barrels that have become the cask strength rye whiskey after reviewing the inventory of Angel’s Envy when he came on board last fall.
“The distillery has plenty of incredible liquid maturing, but those two batches of Rye really stuck out to me in particular,” Martin says. “My team and I knew they were special, but as we played with blending—we found that they complemented and elevated each other even further.”
Martin says he couldn’t imagine cutting the blend down “once it was created and so Cask Strength Rye was born.”
“The Cask Strength Rye is really special for me as it is the first time Angel’s Envy is releasing a limited-edition rye whiskey at natural barrel proof,” Martin says.
Martin says just ask Angel’s Envy puts an innovative spin on it with port cask finishing, he wanted to add a new and delicious twist to the rye. “Tasting the two lots of rye- the Sauternes-finished and toasted oak-finished – stood out to me as particularly exceptional beyond any other rye whiskey that had been laid down,” he says.
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“I believe that you should always lead with your best possible whiskey, and since Angel’s Envy has never released a cask strength rye before, it made the most sense to use the most unique whiskey rather than the more familiar rum barrel finish,” he adds. “The cask strength rye also presented an exciting opportunity to blend two unique finishes together, creating a truly one-of-a-kind release.”
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