Angel’s Envy released its annual Cask Strength whiskey, Angel’s Envy 2022 Cask Strength Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, Finished in Port Wine Barrels. This limited-edition, 119.8-proof (59.9% ABV) whiskey is the eleventh release in Angel’s Envy’s highly acclaimed and award-winning Cask Strength program. Beginning on November 1, just 16,980 bottles will be available at select retailers in all 50 U.S. states, including the ANGEL’S ENVY distillery in downtown Louisville.
“Our annual Cask Strength expression is our most highly anticipated annual tradition at Angel’s Envy, both for our team and for our fans, and this year’s release is special – not just because it is an exceptional whiskey, but because it also marks an exciting time in Angel’s Envy’s growth,” said Gigi DaDan, General Manager of ANGEL’S ENVY. “Looking ahead, we can’t wait to see the unique perspective that our new Master Distiller Owen Martin will bring to the Cask Strength program as he oversees it with the support of our best-in-class production team.”
Each year, as part of the Angel’s Envy Cask Strength program, the team selects noteworthy barrels from its rickhouses to put through an extended finishing process in port wine barrels from Portugal. These special barrels bring forward distinct characteristics to the whiskey, giving each expression of Angel’s Envy Cask Strength a unique nose, palate and finish. Previous Cask Strength releases have been highly acclaimed and awarded by reviewers, experts and journalists across the industry; most recently, the 2021 edition received a Double Gold from The San Francisco World Spirits Competition, a Gold from Fred Minnick’s ASCOT Awards and 92 points from the Ultimate Spirits Challenge.
The Cask Strength Bourbon offers hints of leather, brown sugar and caramel on the nose, followed by crème brûlée and marshmallow with notes of green apple and orange. Apples, caramel, and brown sugar are present on the palate, and the creaminess pairs with the orange from the nose to give a richness of creams. Vanilla, toasted oak and black pepper spice round out the flavor before the finish of light fruitiness, grape tannic notes and lingering spice.
Suggested retail price for a 750mL bottle of this year’s Cask Strength release is $229.99.