Angel’s Envy Port Cask Finish Bourbon has an interesting story. Angel’s Envy, founded by a former Brown Forman master distiller and his sons, may have been one of the first widely released bourbons to be finished in anything besides a second virgin charred oak barrel. It has spurred an increase in finished American whiskeys, potentially influencing the creation of Suntory Beam’s Legent, 1792 Port Finish, and more (but this is all my personal speculation). As a young brand, they currently source whiskey from undisclosed producers, but are in the process of producing their own whiskey, spurred by Bacardi’s acquisition in 2015.
For your personal knowledge, port cask finish bourbon means that the bourbon, after aging in charred virgin American oak barrels, was then poured into a cask (aka. barrel) that previously held Port wine. Finishing, which also further ages the whiskey, allows the barrel to impart some of the wine’s influence into the whiskey, adding potentially new and interesting characteristics. Hopefully that wine finish adds a little something extra, so let’s find out in this Angel’s Envy Port Cask Finish Bourbon review.