our process

It's not perfect until it's finished

Some people might say we have a problem when they hear that we personally sample each barrel of Angel’s Envy throughout every step of the finishing process. We agree. We’re raging perfectionists. We hope you’ll forgive our condition, but we just can’t help ourselves. We’re very particular about our whiskeys. That’s why we blend every batch to taste.

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mash bill

72% Corn,
18% Rye,
10% Malted Barley

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proof

86.6 proof OR
43.3% alcohol by volume

WHAT IS ANGEL’S ENVY?

Angel’s Envy is a “Kentucky Straight Bourbon Finished in Port Barrels”.
(So what does that mean?)

AGE

A “straight” bourbon must be aged for at least 2 years, and must have an age statement on the label if it’s aged less than 4 years. Our whiskey is typically aged between 4 to 6 years in new, charred 53-gallon American white oak barrels. Next, we blend the bourbon to meet our ideal flavor profile. That would be enough for other bourbons, but we take things one step further.

DOUBLE MATURATION, OR “FINISHING”

Aging in two different types of barrels is called double maturation. In the final stage of our production, we finish our bourbon for up to six additional months in 60-gallon Port barrels from Portugal. It’s blended again in batches of 8 – 12 barrels at a time. There’s no set time for this final finishing process, it’s only Angel’s Envy when we say it is.

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Lincoln Henderson
REVERED BOURBON CONVENTIONALIST 
and RENEGADE BOURBON PROVOCATEUR

why port?

Scotch has been finished in fortified wine barrels like Sherry or Port for generations. So we wondered, why isn’t anyone really doing this seriously with bourbon? The finishing process can really enhance the whiskey with a subtle sweetness and complex flavors.

As we tasted our bourbon, a Port finish really seemed like it would fit our bourbon’s flavor profile perfectly. It added just the right layer of richness to our whiskey. While it took us some trial and error to figure out the ideal aging window for Angel’s Envy, we knew that we had a winner once we found it.

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We often describe ourselves as malcontents.
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"Angel’s Envy Bourbon represents elegance and class all while delivering a stunning flavor profile with elegant smoothness and beautiful package design.”

BEVERAGE INDUSTRY NEWS
Editor’s Pick 2013 - Award of Excellence

While we love our work, for us ‘malcontent’ means that we can never be satisfied with good enough, and better still isn’t the best. We’re restless creators who respect and celebrate the bourbon tradition, but try not to shackle ourselves to it. We approach each spirit that we finish with a craftsman’s passion to experiment and improve, and we work every day to ensure that Lincoln Henderson’s exacting standards and legacy of excellence continue with each batch.

As a small company, we’re very particular about our finished spirits. While this might make our product a little harder to find, we will never sacrifice our quality. We’ve also never hosted or sponsored a competition in order to ‘earn’ awards. All of our high rankings and accolades have been earned the old fashioned way—unsolicited. And the reviews have been very good. But in the spirit of independence, don’t just listen to what others have to say. Pick up a bottle, try it, share it, and above all, enjoy it.

Recommended Reading

Guide

The Origins of the “Proof”

The Origins of the “Proof”

Whiskey History

Bar Etiquette: Why Do People Tap Their Drink on the Bar after Clinking Glasses?

Bar Etiquette: Why Do People Tap Their Drink on the Bar after Clinking Glasses?

Inside Angel's Envy

A Letter from Wes Henderson on Father’s Day

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