The 2016 release of Angel’s Envy Cask series features a newer, slightly off-putting characteristic; it’s cloudy with little specks of debris. But they, and we, promise you, it’s all part of fine bourbon.
Each year, the releases have been slightly different, which is the sign of a high-quality craft distiller. They are met with great adoration and beloved flavors leap out of each cask release. This year should be no different, and we’ll explain why.
“When people talk about “craft,” we believe that differences like this are exactly why our Cask Strength is so unique,” Angel’s Envy explains. Kyle Henderson, heir production manager says it well: “Our Cask Strength whiskey is almost completely unfiltered, or as close as you can get. We use an 80-micron stainless steel screen to remove the large chunks of char, and that’s it. There’s no active charcoal and we never chill filter. We want the product to be as pure from the cask as we can possibly get. Some bottles will have much more sediment and haze than others but that is part of the nature of this wonderful nectar. Had we pulled a sample directly from the barrel and bottled it in store it would look much the same.”
The murkiness comes from particles yielded by wooden spirals that were in many of the port barrels they used to finish the bourbon. They left the spirals in during the finishing and that was the cause of the sediment. The extra wood exposure, after the bourbon was tasted, turned out to delicious, “giving the whiskey pleasant flavor components that we had yet to taste in any previous Cask releases.” In short, the sediment and cloudiness is just a by-product of making really great whiskey. Angel’s Envy wants you to know: “Every Cask Strength has been distinctly different in flavor—and now in appearance as well.”
So before you dismiss this year’s release as a bunch of hoopla, remember three things:
- The tiny specs are ok due to not being filtered, similar to a non-filtered wine and sediment.
- 80 micron stainless steel screen and can leave some debris; not chill filtered which would remove the debris.
- Not chill filtering helpa keep a lot of flavor/color but can leave behind cloudiness and tiny particulates.