Angel's Envy Rye is a study in the “Circle of Wood” (to coin a term), and this is a story of liquid love worth telling.
Angel’s Envy Bourbonsand Ryes come to us from the blessed hands of Louisville Distilling Co. The Angel's Envy line is, as they say, their masterpiece… inspired by legendary Master Distilled Lincoln Henderson's lifetime of crafting fine spirits. It is worth mentioning that everything these angels touch has received universal acclaim, so buy whatever you can get your hands on.
It is also worth mentioning that they are—right this very minute—building a brand new distillery and tasting room (God bless ‘em) in a renovated Louisville, Kentucky, brick warehouse to which Whiskey-lovers from the world ‘round will no doubt be making future pilgrimages.
All Angel’s Envy products are awesome, and this one is something special. But we have to call them out … calling Angel's Envy Rye “Rum Finished” is a serious error of omission. Remember the theme song from The Lion King, “The Circle of Life?” Angel's Envy Rye is a study in the “Circle of Wood” (to coin a term), and this is a story worth telling.
Angel's Envy Rye starts life as a quality, but rather traditional mix of 95% Rye and 5% malted barley. Bulleit, Dickle… a lot of the top guys use this mix because it works well. This is where Angel’s Envy works their magic. First, they age it a full six years in medium-char American oak. Then they finish it for an additional 18 months in Rum casks, but not just “any” Rum casks. These are “THE” Rum casks from Plantation Rum… the ones that started as Cognac casks from Maison Ferrand. So Angel's Envy Rye is third in a line of super-premium awesomeness in those casks, emerging 7 1/2 years old. No more sales pitch, you just think about that for a minute and get back to us.
Meanwhile, out there in the expansive Flaviar warehouse, Uncle Flaviar is stuffing as many bottles as he can into his gym bag when he thinks none of us are looking.
Super complex. Honey, caramel and chocolate on the nose. Taste of nutmeg spices and butterscotch with underlying sweetness. A little burn on the smooth finish, but long and sweet, with a little smoke coming through. Might be too sweet for some, but I loved it.
Unique flavor! Love it!
Great rye whiskey with a nice toasted coconut finsh
Amazingly smooth, with a caramel flavor. Love it (if a person can find it).
I love rye whiskey, and I love Angel’s Envy’s bourbon, but this isn’t my fave. To me the rum barrel adds too much sweetness that’s drowning out the rye/peppery spice hit you want in a rye whiskey.
very good flavors, I liked it best with a splash of coke.
The best I've had yet! silky smooth sweet finish with notes of vanilla, bananas, and caramel. A must try.
I wanted to love this a lot more than I do, but maybe I just need to sit with it for a little bit longer. For the price, I don't know maybe I was expecting it to blow my mind. It hasn't blown my mind like a lot of these reviews lead on to and I'm scared that I side more with some of the naysayers. Its a mess of flavors, but a bomb of flavors as well. It is definite pancake topper material, but sometimes the maple syrup disappears and you get the banana bread layers with vanilla, spice, raisin, and caramel. It's very easy to drink, quite smooth, definitely a sipper. It holds it own and does not need to be used in a cocktail, this is a cocktail of its own making. The problem for me is that I'm just not getting a very consistent flavor experience with every sip, but more of combobulated concoction. Will let it grow on me maybe I'll change my mind down the road.
Easily one of the best rye whiskies on the market. Caramel and maple syrup notes.
Very smooth finish, warm but not hot. Toasted pralines and caramel notes.
Love it! Amazing caramel tasting and super smooth.
Not a traditional tasting rye but by far the best tasting that I’ve ever had. Bought one, tasted it and then immediately bought two backups.
Easily the best rye whiskey I’ve ever had. Delightfully sweet and cheerful scent of caramel, fruit, and raisins for me on the nose, pleasant and smooth from start to finish of the sip. The caramel scent and flavor is consistent but you also get the bolder and spicier undertones of the rye itself without the rye ever overpowering the other flavors or your palate. The caramel, rye, and fruit flavors linger after the finish and it is easy to find yourself wanting more of this whiskey. Definitely hard to stop drinking. A must have!
This is the best Rye Whiskey I've had, hands down. It's not one that I'll use for mixed drinks, because it's so flavorful when sipping neat. It's like a sipping dessert. This is topping my list right now.
This is a very well done finished rye whiskey that should please both rye and rum fans alike. It balanced both spicy and sweet perfectly and kept me coming back for more.
Like maple doughnut with a sprinkling of black pepper. Top tier rye.
One of the best spirits you will ever have, in my opinion.
Sure smooth with Carmel finish
This is an outstanding rye that tops our list in a Manhattan. While we don't drink neat all that much, this is one of the few whiskey's we can enjoy neat. It's not a rye to mix with a lot of things because you'll waste the rum-finishing.
Superb! A little bite, a little tang, a little caramel, a sweet finish
This Rye is amazing! Great gingerbread and honey aroma. This is smooth and balanced. It is hard to find but will definitely buy another bottle.
Such an amazing rye whiskey. The caramel and vanilla from taste to finish are delicious. The looong subtle finish takes you on a stroll through flavor town. I love this and is my go to gift for the people who mean the most to me.
One of my favorite bourbons. Caramel, vanilla, nice fading spice. Very smooth, and possibly my favorite bourbon yet.
Definitely can smell/ taste the banana. Strong- I liked it better with a cube or two of ice. I thought it would be a more forward sweeter from the rum casks, but after a few sips, it grows.
Loved it! Rich caramel flavor, almost chocolatey. One of my all time favs!
Smooth taste. I really enjoyed it.
My favorite bourbon.
One of my favorites. All the Carmel vanilla Jose aspects of a fine aged rum, with a smooth drink rye bourbon taste profile.
Absolutely amazing. Best whiskey I’ve had for under $100. A great balance of spices and sweetness. I could sip on this all night!
One of my favorites, sweet with clear brown sugar and banana notes.
Sweet and complex while being incredibly smooth
I feel like I am cheating when I say that this is hands down my favorite American Whiskey to drink neat. There is so much sweetness with caramel and banana (I'm assuming drawn largely from the rum casks) that I'm sure some purists will balk and may consider this a novelty or outlier within the bourbon world. This will have a constant place in my bar.
Perfect blend, def on the sweet side
Always my go to when I want to savor the wonderful aspects of a great rye.
Velvet mouthfeel, salted caramel, toffee, oak. Better than the bourbon.
Although it's impossible to pick just one, this may be my favorite whiskey. I have a long list of others that I love, but how satisfying they are seems to depend on my mood, what I've eaten recently, or just random changes in my taste buds. But every time I taste this rum-finished rye, I'm blown away by the flavors. I just wish it cost a little bit less.
Sweet, vanillaesque. Light burn and very smooth
Angel’s Envy is my favorite rye whiskey and my go to when having guests over. Every time I go a spell trying other whiskies and come back to Angel’s Envy, it’s always a level above everything else!
This is the best rye I have had in a very long time.
I have written about Angel's Envy Rye Whiskey. It is by far the best Rye for the money I have tasted. Insane favor and taste! You can't go wrong buying this Rye!
Smooth easy sipping whiskey. I would highly recommend this purchase.
This is cinnamon maple syrup.
A nutmeg bomb - no thanks.
Very smooth and flavorful.
My favorite. If you like port, you will like this. The aroma is nice, the taste is wonderful neat or on the rocks.
Sweet, smooth and complex. Strong enough to hold its own and enjoy but also goes great as an old-fashioned.
It tastes like Christmas
Very smooth but very very sweet. Still worth a try.
Banana notes & Heavy maple on the finish. Sweet and delicious rye!
This now ranks as one of my favorite ryes. Sweet...but I like that.
I love Angel's Envy Rye. It's probably my favorite sipping whiskey. But I only gave it 9/10 starts because it has a heavy maple syrup flavor that not everyone would care for. I'm not certain how it would work in a cocktail (Manhattan) because of the sweetness... and I like it so much straight, that I hate to experiment with it.
Totally unique , lawyered , pleasantly fruity in some ways. My favorite.
Angels envy never fails to deliver!
Not a heavy rye drinker, but if they were all like this, I would be!
Smooth drink and one of the special bottles in my collection.
Very sweet, rum influence is apparent, but still good rye spice, love this whiskey!
Like a warm hug on a fall night.
I really like this but it’s very sweet tasting like vanilla and maple syrup.
Makes the best Manhattan hands down.
WOW! I agree with everything Mathew said. well stated.
This is an amazing whiskey. I have really started sampling a lot of Ryes recently and this is by far my favorite. The rum finish is notable on the early and mid palate. The warm toasted rye bread feel on the tongue with light tones of caramel is just a joy. The usual spiciness is rather mellow on the back of the throat that is also both expected and not dominating the experience. I am craving this one daily now.
Incredibly unique, a sweet finish with good rye spice. A treat
One of my favorites!
Great rye! Picking up a strong bananas foster note, which is very distinctive and enjoyable. Love it!
Here’s a nice sweet old fashioned for ya
A very sweet bourbon with a nice finish. Despite it being a hundred proof and a rye whiskey, the sweetness helps balance the spice. The finish, you do get that banana bread and that heat that warms the chest. Overall a very good finished whiskey. A little too sweet for my taste but I could see this being used in baking. for me, it was amazing that banana bread was a predominant flavor profile. You do get that spice, caramel and some toastiness, but predominantly banana bread.
One of the best rye whiskeys out there!1 Love it!!
This Rye for the money is the best Rye I have had. I have tasted more expensive Rye, but not better. The finish is very smooth! I highly recommend Angel Envy Rye and well as their Bourbon Whiskey finished in port barrels. Another great drink!
Delicious! On par with Basil Hayden's Carribean Cask
Caramel and vanilla, bit of spice.
Enjoy the rum finish!
Enjoy the rum finish!
Oops, my sweet tooth is showing! Wow! Smells like a crash between a truck load of caramel and a maple syrup factory. Toasted molasses on the sip and a loooong finish with just enough burn to make sure you remember it’s a rye!
Best way to explain: A better, higher proof version of Basil Hayden Carribean Reserve
Current favorite nice rye bite with smooth sweet rum finish
Amazing port and banana flavor, finishing with oak and spicy rye.
great finish, sweet and exciting
This Rye is exceptional. From the caramel vanilla notes up front to the medium warmth and openness of the finish it is my favorite whiskey bar none.
For some reason it takes me an entire bottle of Angels Envy to fall in love with it. This one is the same. Every time i had it, i had trouble getting past the “French toast crunch”. There’s so
Many layers to this bottle. Once you start tapping into the rye notes it completely opens up. I highly recommend this if you’re looking for something completely new and unique.
I thoroughly enjoyed this.
Love the taste, the aroma....smooth with a hint of sweet.
My palate has fallen deeply in love with Angels Envy Rye rum Cask. It is so complex and just utterly enjoyable straight up or on the rocks. I am sincere when I say it's the best whiskey I've had in years.
Lots of maple syrup notes. Too sweet vs spicey rye.
This is an amazing rye, one of my favorites. The rum finish is very obvious, to the point it tastes almost like a blend of rum and whiskey.
I wanted to like this, but it's too light on the flavor and port is too light.
Mmmmmm bananas foster in a bottle!
A little pricey but well worth it. A smooth rye with a hit of spice at the end.
Deliciously sweet after dinner whiskey.
Hot take: I like A.E. rye more than their bourbon.
And I do like their bourbon quite a bit.
Sweet, spicy and silky smooth! My favorite rye.
Heaven in a bottle. Very smooth, especially for a 100-proof. Nice finish. Tastes great neat or in an Old Fashioned. I would definitely buy again.
I’ve been drinking this wonderful rye for a year as my go to nightly drink. It’s smooth and aromatic with a beautiful finish.
Great every day drinker!!! Smooooth.....
This bottle is one of my favorites. The spiced rum notes really add an interesting finish to this bourbon. Bold, sweet and spicy.
Great starter Whisky. Calm flavors and nothing that will punch you in the face. Great to have with a steak and maybe grill out with the boys.
SMOOOOOOOTH! OMG I can't think of any other whiskey this smooth. Flavors are blended and mellow, which may not impress a devote looking for bold but perfect for the whiskey beginner or relaxing evening glass before bed.
Very sweet, hard for folks not to enjoy this, but I will say it’s not a go to, I pull this out if I’m looking for a more dessert vibe. Still, very tasty.
This is the perfect bourbon for a hottie totty
A little sweet, but smooth with a small bite at the end that I enjoy with a 100 proof rye.
Awesome whiskey. Would def buy again.
Sweet and yummy, it's almost link drinking caramel candy.
Too syrupy and sweet for me
Wasn't blown away, but it was very good - worth the money??? Got as a birthday present, not sure I would pay the money myself.
Enjoyable. Not a lot of experience with Rye so can’t give a lot of additional insight.
absolute favorite. I Love the non-rye version. it is my go-to. the new problem is, when I bought the rye version, it made all other whiskeys just not very good at all. HUGE comparison. Love this stuff!! Strong taste but every sip you take, it is a different taste. it is amazing. Going to pour some now that I am typing about it.
I can’t get enough of this stuff. Literally. Like, I can’t find it anymore!
Another of my absolute favorites. Not like any other rye. More sweet than spicy with really complex flavor profile.
Great bourbon with a hint of sweetness from the wine barrel finish
Love the finish. Nice spice at first then a pleasant fresh resembles a baked cookie (oatmeal/with hint of Cinnamon)
This is my new favorite! Maple syrup nose and a great finish.
One of my favorite whiskeys, the rum barrel finish is great!
This might be my favorite. Candy in a bottle. Smooth finish, caramel, rum, not hot. A true delight.
One of my friends described it best as almost a dessert whiskey. The vanilla/caramel flavor from the rum casks imparts a sweet flavor but maintains the rye whiskey characteristics. My favorite whiskey.
OMG, what a Rye!
Butterscotch, shortbread cookies,almond, toffee all day. The nose is my favorite part, so complex. Delicious and smooth, with long caramel finish.
Solid bourbon, price point is a little high.
I don’t like the unusual sweetness of this rye. I’m not able to describe it but it tastes like an artificial flavor has been added. I have friends who love it, but it’s not for me.
Delicious, definitely a sweeter finish smells like maple at times, great drink neat!
No surprise I love this Rye as it's finished in rum casks. But man this is such an amazing and smooth whiskey. I like a rye and this one surpasses them all. huge caramel nose and smooth sweet finish with just enough rye. Go for it!
This rye is my favorite. The rum barrel aging adds a smooth and slightly sweet taste to the spicy base of a rye whiskey
Flaviar taste notes are spot on
Not a huge fan of rye but this one got my attention. Nice and warm on the nose and delicious, smooth and complex. I'll be keeping a bottle of this one around.
A unique tasting Rye. The flavor profile works very good in an old fashion. This and their Burbon are in my list of top ten favorites.
one of the best rye's around with a nice rum finish this is not one of those super powerful rye's that is for once in a while, this stuff you can sip for hours and still want more.
The carmely rum flavor came out immediately and lasted through the pour. Not a huge rum fan but was given a pour to sample.
Definitely unique. If you like spiced rum I would say it's worth a shot.
A delicious unique rye. Very sweet and the rum barrel comes through immediately. Very smooth and complex. Not your typical rye but very good and worth the price.
This is the best Rye I have ever tasted! Amazingly complex.
As a rye fan, one associates rye with a spicer bite. The sweetness was immediately off-putting and no rye flavor to be found. Especially for the price and the quality of Angels Envy bourbon, this rye was a huge disappointment.
First bottle of whiskey I ever felt the immediate urge to purchase after tasting. First time I could pick up on a whiskey's flavor note (Maple Syrup/French Toast) without being prompted. Still my favorite whiskey to this day
I generally avoid Rye, but I make an exception for this one.
If you're a fan of spice and a little sweetness, this one is excellent. The first sip will give you a warm butterscotch. I find it similar to Basil Hayden Dark Rye, but more complex and all-around better.
A new absolute favorite! An incredible rye! The rum aging compliments the whisky, going down it doesn’t even seem like a 100 proof rye. The spicy rye bite comes back on the aftertaste and finishes this one off harmoniously. It’s a bit pricey, but worth to have a bottle...at least once
Smooth! Deserving a spot inside my top 3, especially at the price point.
The best rye I’ve tasted. Unique and delicious. I wouldn’t dare mix this with anything, except maybe a splash of water.
Not what I was expecting. While i knew it was going to be sweet, it was sweeter and had more of a rum influence than i expected.
This is a must bye. The sweet and spicy finish is delicious. You can always count on this bottle for any occasion.
If you're already looking at this review, just do yourself a favor and buy this bottle
Nice subtle rye, not a big fan of the rum barrel finish. But a smooth even taste without being overly harsh as some rye's can be.
I love this Rye.
My favorite rye so far
Absolutely amazing! I never dreamed this bourbon could get BETTER! And it did! The perfect rye meets the perfect rum barrel! An absolute explosion of a flavor profile! I'm clearly in heaven!
My absolute favorite. Sweet taste and smooth finish
One of the best rye's I've ever had.
Very nice sipper. I prefer it neat to really appreciate the nana finish from the rum barrels. Very unique
Favorite whisky hands down. Love
How smooth it drinks and the slight sweetness without the burn.
Phenomenal flavor notes with a beautiful and light nose to it. Straight up is the way to go for this one!
Tastes like 2 of my favorite things. Good Bourbon and Ginger Snaps. The first taste it like ginger snaps, molasses and maple syrup. That fades away and your left with a nice bourbon with vanilla and a littles citrus with a very slight burn at the end. Gotta day I like it, almost taste a little bacony also.
This is a unique rye with a complex taste that is a bit sweet but not overpowering, a taste of rum but comes on as something new and not a bad experiment. I have found this to be a love or hate with those that I know who have tried it. If the description sounds interesting to you I’d say buy or try.
Never considered myself a rye guy...that is until I tried this one. Best served neat so you can take in all the different flavors from star to finish
Holy crap. Best rye ever.
Wow, a bit of a bite at first, great sweetness at first followed by a nice grain flavor
Quite unusual and tasty. Strong Brown sugar taste, easy to enjoy if your looking for a sweet and rich rye.
I have been introducing friends to it and they all agree that it is a great rye. It is by far my favorite.
I have try different rye but these is my favorite, I love that sweet final flavour
My current favorite.
I usually drink bourbon but with this I may be converted. Delicious!
One of the most excellent whiskeys ever. Love the rum finish
Dear sweet baby Jesus it’s like liquid candy. I think this has ruined every other tasting experience for me. I don’t know if there’s anything that will measure up! It’s exquisite!
Very good , but not worth price
Hands down my favorite rye whiskey
For me, it’s the ultimate “nightcap”. My equivalent of a port or sweeter liqueur I would drink after dinner in lieu of dessert, or with it for that matter, but in a whiskey. I’m far from a whiskey connoisseur, but if you lean sweeter, I’ve had nothing that compares. Absolutely Killer!
I read a review once that said this is so unique that you'll either love it or hate it... they are right. It is like dessert in a bottle. I think it is an exceptionally sweet yet balanced rye... friends of mine can't drink it. For the price it is a gamble if you haven't already tried it. For me I'm glad to have a bottle.
Out of all the bourbons and whiskeys I've tasted and collected; this is hands down the one bottle I've been in love with since my very first taste. Flaviar describes the taste as “Toasted Banana Bread”… I would have never used that phrase, but it’s dammmmm accurate! The first thing I notice is the Deep Smooth Carmel that just lingers in your mouth like a great Cognac. At first, you may be inclined to add a cube… get it out of your system and do it; then just sip it with NO drop of water or ice. This is when you'll understand – Angles Rye is something special.
Angles Rye continues to be my “hands-down” favorite.
Ahhhmazing! Maple to the nose, sweet, smooth, and maple at the finish. Buddy the Elf would approved. It’s a wonderful after dinner (or before for that matter) bourbon. One of my new favorites.
Sweetness, butterscotch, and rye in the nose. Taste of toasty sweet anise with a long finish and mild burn. Unique and highly enjoyable
Very smooth. Hints of butterscotch
Amazing finish and flavor from the rum barrels. A new favorite song apple on my bar top!
Smooth with a maple syrup scent
Love Angel Envy and then add the rum flavor. Love the rum flavoring.
Sweet and smooth on the aftertaste. Leaves you thinking about Christmas.
Smoothie with just enough bite. Love it in an old fashioned.
Best Rye I’ve ever had
Whiskey is very smooth, moderate oak, and very slightly sweet.
One of the most outstanding Ryes that I have ever encountered.
Love this. My go to Rye.
I'm new to evaluating whiskeys but this is my favorite and my "go-to" option. There is a maple quality and a fun, complexity to the finish. Neat at room temperature is enjoyable. Chilled is refreshing without affecting the complexity. On-the-rocks is enjoyable but dilutes an otherwise thouroughly enjoyable dram.
Not my favorite. It has that Acid, perfumy experimentation thing going: too many flavors, and not all of them should be together. Shame. I had heard good things about Angels' Envy. But this didn't live up to it.
crazy, syrupy sweet. good for one pour after dinner
Made me a "Rye Guy"
Less rye-ish, but interesting flavors
Amazing and I can not find it.
Easy to drink, and tastes like maple syrup. Must try!
Delicious. Smooth with unique finish
You know how
By far my favorite whisky ever. Super smooth, sweet but not overly sweet, dangerously drinkable.
Spicy and sweet. Very nice flavor.
Worth every penny!!!
100 proof rye that reflects a 90-92 proof, easy sip, sweeter on the front, bolder on the back. A staple in my bar
Perfect in Everyway.
My new favorite mixer with soda. Try it with a good cane sugar cola.
Complex, with massive depth, yet smooth. This is a solid rye.
Perfect. Deep flavor that seems to never end. Complex & distinguished.
A must have for my bar. After a tasting one night, I've scoured store after store trying to find it. As of yet, no luck. So if you can find, buy it. Right now. Then buy another and send it to me.
Quite possibly the best Rye I have had. Very hard to find in Atlanta. Bought two bottles when I was out west to bring home. Drink this neat. Subtly sweet with a delicious rye flavor.
Family favorite. The rum barrel sweetens it nicely. Super drinkable.
Nice sweet and smooth finish. Caramel and toasty. I like the rye better than the original
My favorite rye, just wish it was easier to get.
2016 cask strength aged in port wine barrels
This is a unicorn as far as rye's go. When I find it I buy it!
Close to too sweet, but stays on the right side of the line. Notes of caramel
One of the most amazing rye whiskey available
Lots of flavor and can taste the rum barrel. Great after dinner drink.
The best rye hands down!
My new fav
Angel"s is my all-time Go-To! No question.
The rum cast finish gives the rye a very distinct nose and taste. This is by far my favorite rye to date. Unfortunately it is limited release.
Powerful and smooth, one of the best ryes out there. Highly recommended.
Spiced rum and whiskey! Love the spice in the back of your tongue when it hits your mouth. Great with cigars or alone.
One of the best bourbons out there in my opinion...but since it's "finished" is it really bourbon???
It was very smooth and super tasty. It will definitely have a place in my bar.
Smooth enough to sip. Spicy enough to remind you that it's not bourbon.
Amazing. Even better than the port!
My favorite rye. The rum flavors really shine in the long, lingering finish. I prefer to drink it neat or with a single cube. The rum notes REALLY come to the fore when enjoyed neat from a Glencairn glass.
Smooth, with a bite. Very present floral aroma. Loved it.
Sweet and lovely
Top notch rye with a unique finish
Just got into rye's....this one is quite amazing and complex.
Love this rye!
Love this pour with a single cube. The Rye is where it is at. One of my absolute favorites.
Smoky finish not to my taste
Overpowering coconut on the nose and palate that horribly distracts from the base rye spirit. Big miss for a big price in my opinion.