Angel’s Envy is releasing their fourth expression in their limited edition Cellar Collection, and for the first time, a rye is joining the top-shelf lineup.
The release will feature a 7-year-old straight rye whiskey finished for 364 days in ice cider casks from Vermont-based Eden Specialty Ciders.
“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. 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,” said Kyle Henderson, Angel’s Envy Distillery Production Manager. “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. 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.”
This will be the brand’s highest proof Cellar Collection release to date at 107 proof. On the nose, we’re told it offers notes of caramel candy apple and toasted oak, with faint notes of nuttiness and cinnamon. The palate is said to feature bold peppery and cinnamon notes accompanied by vanilla, ripe apple, toffee and butterscotch. The finish is long and transitions from spicy to sweet, with notes of brown sugar and apple with hints of earthiness and oak.