The Angel's Envy Rye Finished in Rum Barrels is an excellent choice if you like the sweeter side of life. If you don't like sweet, this probably isn't for you, and if you don't like rye, it likely isn't for you either. However, for those of you who like sweet and unique whiskey adventures, this may be right up your alley. Cheers
Ratings breakdown based on a 100 point scale.
- 90-100 Exceptional
- 80-89 Very Good
- 70-79 Average
- 60-69 Below Average
- 50-60 Drain Pour
Detailed Tasting Notes
Nose Review - Rating: 87
Upfront there is a lot of traditional rye notes that hit me in the face, but they aren't spicy notes. Mint, licorice, and earthy rye notes come through primarily, but it smooths out, and undertones of caramel and molasses begin to come through. It is a very unique nose, and it is unlike anything else I have come across.
Palate Review - Rating: 92
On the palate, this is right in my wheelhouse as I'm a sucker for sweetness. Upfront, there is a healthy dose of molasses and sweet honey flavors that I love, but the minty, grassy rye flavoring rushes in quickly which is somewhat of a turnoff for me. It's almost as if someone mixed a bottle of rum with a bottle of rye whiskey and let it set for a couple of days. However, as the bottle opens up, and your palate adjusts to this unique creation, the conflict between sweet and earthy lessens and becomes quite enjoyable.
Finish Review - Rating: 80
This is were I run into problems. As stated above, I love the sweeter notes that whiskey has to offer, but the finish on the AE Rye is all earthy, minty rye notes that linger. If you're a rye fan, unlike myself, you enjoy this quite a bit. However, as I continue to sip, the rye notes begin to let way to the molasses, and the finish becomes a bit more enjoyable for me.
Uniqueness Review - Rating: 95
I've had a few other rum finished ryes, and none can compare to this one. It is certainly in it's own league, which makes it an excellent contender that everyone should give a try. With exception to flavored whiskey, I have yet to taste anything sweeter!
Value Review - Rating: 85
With so many great bourbons and ryes available for much less than $90 - $100, it is always difficult to spend this amount of money ($90 MSRP) on a single bottle. Given it's uniqueness, I'd have to advise you try this at a bar before purchasing. If you like it, it is definitely worth the purchase, but there is too much risk to buy blindly given it's uniqueness. Some will love it, and others will hate it as this is not your middle of the road whiskey.
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