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Angel's Envy Bourbon

Top 10 Spirits 2011

Angel's Envy Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey is finished in Port barrels


How do you get a rookie to enjoy bourbon for the first time? Sure, you could pour a black-cherry-flavored Red Stag, or drown good whiskey in a lot of Coca-Cola. But why not have the novice jump into the deep end of the bourbon pool with an Angel’s Envy on the rocks? This gold-copper-colored wonder exhibits light alcohol on the tongue, playful flavor, and a long finish that features orange zest. Its mellowness makes it ultra-accessible, seductive instead of overpowering. The bourbon starts with corn and rye, is aged in American white oak barrels for four to six years, and then aged for three to six additional months in port casks. The name derives from the term “angel’s share,” the spirit that evaporates or is absorbed by the barrels during the aging process. The makers figured that after tasting this, the angels wanted a bigger share. Pour a newbie a shot and help him earn his wings.

Price: $45

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