If you can find Angel’s Envy Rye, buy two bottles, enjoy one, and consider hoarding the other because it may not be around for long.
A slightly longer version...
I had my first taste of Angel's Envy Rye in the form of a Manhattan at 1913… and it was serious good. Of course I’d had Angel’s Envy Bourbon but, I admit I didn’t know they even made a rye. How had I missed that? Where had I been? Why hadn’t I noticed it on the shelf somewhere? Well, it turns out that Angel’s Envy Rye is rare. Not rare like others say about theirs which describe some long forgotten taste. No. Rare like there is no way to find way this stuff at the average market. I’ve called about a dozen places in Chicago and none will sell me a bottle. IF you find it, buy it!
When you do get a glass, savor it’s rarity. Enjoy the caramel nose. A nose so strong it would make Brach Candy envious.. if they put a bit of alcohol in those little caramel squares. Given that, you will expect some sweetness. Perhaps the sugars come from the rum barrels it is aged in. Perhaps it’s residual molasses. Regardless, it is full of dark spices much like a spice cake. My wife told me she smelled Christmas cookies.
When I did taste it, it was sweet and had lots of caramel, yet dark and a bit dry and clean. It finished with just an edge of bitter rind but mostly a woody and spicy. The taste is not as smooth as the nose but quite typical of a high alcohol rye.
If you can find a bottle, enjoy it well. This is a wonderfully good rye perfectly made for an ideal Manhattan. Ss, save it by sipping the Angels envy bourbon and use the rye in a Manhattan