Lincoln Henderson’s Angel’s Envy

Lincoln Henderson’s Angel’s Envy

Most bourbon drinkers have seen that beautiful bottle of Angels Envy by now.  It has what’s called “shelf appeal” because it stands out among the other bourbons when they’re all lined up on the bar shelf.  The tattoo-like wings and the tall graceful bottle…You know you’ve seen it. The whiskey itself is about 4-6 years old. It was sourced from an undisclosed distillery in Kentucky and then finished in port barrels.  I’ve read that the port barrels used to finish Angel’s Envy bourbon are 60 gallons, but I’ve also read that they used port pipes (a large tapered barrel used in the port industry) which are closer to 150 gallons…not sure on that one.  The company didn’t establish a distillery until 2013 so the whiskey had to be sourced from elsewhere.  The most...

White Corn is in the Mashbill

Did you know that the original recipe for Old Taylor called for an heirloom white corn, not yellow corn? Generally bourbon made today uses feed corn in their recipes because it’s the least expensive and can be bought in large quantities. White corn, for distilling, has been described as having less taste than yellow corn, but that is debatable. When tests were done to discover the original composition of pre-Prohibition Old Taylor bourbon, they found that white corn was used. Distilling is an art as well as a science, and master distiller/chemical engineer, Marianne Barnes, will be working with these original recipes to create her whiskeys at her new home, the distillery once known as Old Taylor. She was the lead blender for the special release Old Forester...