The newest release from Louisville-based Angel’s Envy is their Angel’s Envy Rye Whiskey Finished in Ice Cider Casks.
It’s the brand’s first new finished rye since 2013.
This expression finishes seven-year-old, 95% rye whiskey for 364 days in ice cider casks from Vermont-based Eden Specialty Ciders. It is the fourth release in Angel’s Envy Cellar Collection, the brand’s special-release program that honors the late Lincoln Henderson, co-founder of the brand.
“The flavor profile of this whiskey is very unique — the spiciness of the rye is balanced by the fruity sweetness from the ice cider casks, and there’s a crispness that is really distinct,” says Kyle Henderson, distillery production manager. “We’ve never seen a whiskey finished in ice cider casks before, so we’re excited to introduce this finish as part of our Cellar Collection.”
“My brother, Andrew, was the one who found these barrels and raised the idea of an ice cider finish; he’s really championed this project from the beginning,” he adds. “As we tasted samples and learned more about the craftsmanship, time and resources required to create each bottle of ice cider, we fell in love with the product and the process and knew these special casks would be an excellent match for our rye.”
Ice cider is a dessert-style cider produced primarily in the northern US and Canada. The French oak casks used to finish this whiskey release were used by Eden Specialty Ciders to create an ice cider from tart, late-season Northern Spy apples that had been naturally cold-concentrated in Vermont, before partial fermentation and aging.
Inspired by the climate-driven elements of ice cider production, Angel’s Envy packaged its Rye Whiskey Finished in Ice Cider Casks in a frosted glass bottle and commemorative gift box.
Angel’s Envy Rye Whiskey Finished in Ice Cider Casks is 107 proof. On the nose, it has notes of caramel candy apple and toasted oak, the company reports, with hints of nuttiness and cinnamon. The palate has peppery and cinnamon notes accompanied by vanilla, ripe apple, toffee and butterscotch. The finish transitions from spicy to sweet, with notes of brown sugar and apple, plus hints of earthiness and oak.
The suggested retail price is $249.99 per 750-ml. bottle.
The limited-edition release, which consists of 6,000 bottles, will be available for purchase beginning Feb. 25 at select retailers in NY, CA, FL, TN, IL, TX and KY, as well as at Angel Envy’s downtown Louisville distillery.
Beginning today, Angel’s Envy 500 Main members can enter for the chance to purchase a bottle ahead of the public sale for pickup at the distillery. A total of 500 bottles are reserved for the 500 Main presale lottery.