Whiskey of the Year – 2011

Being the inaugural year of Whiskey World Tour, we haven’t posted all that many reviews in the past two months, but I figured it was a good idea to start a year end tradition.  So a few extra words about the best reviewed whiskey of the year is probably in order.  And this year 2011, that whiskey just happened to be…

Angel’s Envy by Louisville Distilling Company.

This whiskey is simply stunning, as I said in my review, but I have had a few more glasses since that review and I thought I would update it a bit.  After a glass or two, when I was more used to the flavor profile of this standout bourbon, the flavors only seem to continue to expand on the palate.  As the bottle has gotten some air, and opened up a bit, the background sweetness has come on strong, yet is still mellow enough to not feel like some of those bourbons that taste like someone dumped honey in the bottle.  Lincoln Henderson has really outdone himself with this bourbon and I simply can’t wait to see what other expressions come from this master distiller who has come into his prime with this beautiful small batch (now if only I could get them to sell it in NJ).

The price tag isn’t bad, just over 40 bucks at most stores, and I have bought MUCH worse bottles of hooch for $40.   With that in mind, and although I much prefer to drink my whiskey either on the rocks or solo, Angels Envy has listed a few cold weather cocktails using this top shelf bourbon and they all sound pretty inviting.  Just thought I would share them.

But before that, have a Happy and Safe New Year.  May all your drams be beautiful and bold in 2012.


Now on to the recipes:

Alamo Envy

Created by Christopher Ware of Bohanan’s Steakhouse in San Antonio, TX

  • 2 oz : Angel’s Envy Bourbon
  • ½ oz : Aperol
  • ½ oz : Carpano Vermouth
  • 2 dashes : Angostura Bitters

Stirred then served over large format Ice and garnished with a Orange Twist.

Angelic Old Fashioned

Created by Jason Fackler of The Mandarin Hide, St Petersburg FL

  • 1 : Orange Slice
  • 1 : Maraschino Cherry
  • 2 : Sugar Cubes
  • 3 dashes : Frei Brothers Old Fashioned Bitters
  • 2 oz : Angel’s Envy
  • Splash of Club Soda

Muddle the first three ingredients in a short glass, top with Bitters and Bourbon. Fill the glass with Ice and add a splash of Club Soda. Cap the glass with a Shaker Tin and give 2 shakes, pour back into the short glass and enjoy.

Gentlemen’s Envy

Created by Hal Wolin of Cocktail Guru Consulting, New York, NY

  • 2 oz : Angel’s Envy
  • 1/2 oz : Benedictine
  • 1/2 oz : Dolin Dry Vermouth
  • 2 dashes : The Bitter Truth Creole Bitters

Shake, Strain. Serve on the Rocks in a Coupe Glass, with a Lemon Twist.

Thanksgiving Angel

Created by Mathew Watts, Chicago IL

  • 6 rosemary leaves, 1 sprig of rosemary
  • 3 lemon slices
  • 4 brandied cherries
  • ½ ounce simple syrup
  • 1 cup ice
  • 2 oz Angel’s Envy
  • ½ ounce of cherry liqueur
  • 1 ounce chilled black tea
  • ½ ounce fresh lemon juice

In a cocktail shaker, muddle the rosemary leaves with 2 lemon slices, 3 brandied cherries and the simple syrup.Add the ice, Angel’s Envy, cherry liqueur, tea and lemon juice. Shake well and pour into a rocks glass.Garnish with the rosemary sprig and remaining lemon slice and brandied cherry.

The Vampyre

Created by Ryan Velilla of Chapter 1, Santa Ana

  • 1 oz Angel’s Envy
  • 1 oz Port
  • ¾ oz Blood Orange Juice
  • ¼ oz Lemon Juice
  • 2 Dashes of Angostura

Add ingredients into a cocktails shaker filled with ice. Shake and Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Dark Angel

Created by Shannon Stiles of Sidebar, Ft Lauderdale, FL

  • 1 oz : Angel’s Envy
  • 1 oz : White Godiva Liqueur
  • 1 oz : Dark Godiva Liqueur

Shake ingredients with ice and strain into a glass.

The Angel’s Tongue

Created by Nathan Ozug of Longman & Eagle, Chicago

  • 2 oz Angel’s Envy
  • 1/2 oz Warres Otima Port
  • 1/2 oz Carpano Antica
  • 1/4 oz Yellow Chartreuse
  • 1 barspoon Luxardo Maraschino
  • 2 dashes Angostura Orange Bitters

Stir and strain into rocks glass, serve with flaming orange zest.

Bitter Angel

  • 1 ½ oz : Angel’s Envy
  • 1 dash : Bitters
  • Ginger Ale
  • Slice of Orange

Top the Bourbon with Ginger Ale and add a dash of Bitters. Garnish with a Slice of Orange


Created by Daniel A. Godinez of Rosewood Cocktail Development Consulting and Pasta Moon, Half Moon Bay CA

  • 4 slices : Bosc Pear
  • 2 oz : Angel’s Envy
  • 1/4 oz : Simple Syrup
  • 1/2 oz : Unfiltered Apple Cider
  • 1/4 oz : Sonoma Walnut Liqueur
  • 1 splash : Old Fashioned Bitters
  • 1 splash : Fresh Lemon Juice

Muddle the Bosc pear and add remaining ingredients. Shake and double strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a slice of pear and a dusting of fresh cinnamon.

Pair of Wings

Created by Jason Beatty, IN

  • 2 oz : Angel’s Envy
  • 1/2 oz : Aqua Perfecta Poire Eau de Vie
  • 1/2 oz : Quady’s Batch 88 Starboard
  • 1/4 oz : Fernat Branca
  • 10 drops : Bittercube Barrel Aged Blood Orange Bitters

Stir for 20 seconds and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a slice of pear (shaped like a wing) laid over the top with a sprinkle of nutmeg.

Cider Envy

Created by Hal Wolin of Cocktail Guru Consulting, New York, NY

  • 2 oz : Angel’s Envy
  • 1 oz : Apple Cider
  • 1/2 oz : Cinnamon Syrup
  • 1/2 oz : Lemon Juice
  • 2 dashes : Aromatic Bitters

Can be multiplied and served as a punch


9 responses to “Whiskey of the Year – 2011

  • Mike Andersen

    Chuck – Thanks for the amazing praise, we are launching Angels Envy in NJ January 2012! Look for it soon, Happy New Year!

  • Wesley Henderson

    Thanks Chuck for such an incredible honor! Bourbon lovers like you are the reason I get out of bed every morning and go to work. More great things to come this year!

    There are so many great bourbons to choose from, and I am grateful you selected us.

    Btw, we will be available in New Jersey this month.


    Wes Henderson
    Louisville Distilling Company

  • Chuck

    Well let me say, first and foremost that I am blown away that my little blog got such attention from people I respect in the Industry. It really shows that your company really cares what the consumers think about their drinking experience and go the extra mile to show its appreciation. I love the whiskey, as well as most of the other tastes Lincoln Henderson has given us over the years. I can’t wait to buy a bottle locally, and perpetuate AE in NJ. The honor couldn’t have gone to a more deserving whiskey!


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  • Jason Beatty

    Thanks for posting my recipe Chuck! I went to school at Seton Hall, down the street from ya. Feel free to contact me,and Angel’s Envy is the best bourbon for under $70.

  • Chuck

    No problem Chuck. The people over at Angel’s Envy provided me with a list of A.E. approved cocktails and yours was on the list. One of the more interesting if I do say so myself. I really did like it when I gave it a shot, though it took me forever to find a bar with Quady’s Batch 88 Starboard plus A.E. Good Job!



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    1 3/4 oz rooibus tea

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