Angel’s Envy Bourbon ($43) comes courtesy of Lincoln Henderson, a former 40-year veteran of Brown-Forman who was tasked with crafting some of the world’s most popular and widely-consumed whiskeys. Henderson’s latest venture defies rules and corporate expectations as he makes the bourbon he always wanted to make.

Angel’s Envy starts with Kentucky-grown corn and rye and the state’s famous mineral-rich water. These local ingredients are distilled and aged for four to six years in American white oak barrels before being transferred to hand-selected port casks for an additional three to six months. While some bourbons carry an age statement, Henderson bottles his bourbon when it’s good and ready. The combination is a gorgeous marriage of bourbon and port, with flavors ranging from the expected – vanilla, oak, toffee and cinnamon – to welcomed port accents like cherries and raisins. It’s remarkably well-balanced from start to finish, and its smooth mouthfeel begs for another sip.

In more good news, this is just the first expression of Angel’s Envy, so drinkers can expect more releases down the line as Henderson experiments with other barrels, finishes and grain makeups. We’re excited to see, and drink, whatever comes next.

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