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Angel’s Envy Rum Cask Rye vs Knob Creek Rye: Head to Head!

Discover the differences between Angel’s Envy Rum Cask Rye vs Knob Creek Rye in this in-depth comparison and decide which Rye Whiskey is better for You!

Angel’s Envy Rum Cask Rye

NoseVanilla, coconut, banana, baking spice
PalateRipe fruity, maple, cinnamon, brown sugar
FinishRye spice, plantain
Alcohol content100 proof (50% ABV)
How to drinkNeat
Similar toBasil Hayden’s Dark Rye, Whistlepig 10

The nose is super sweet, rich in tropical fruit, with a coconut note that reminds of the Hawaiian Tropic sunscreen and a bit of rye spice.

On the palate, the Angel’s Envy offers a thick creamy body, flavor is sweet, rich in maple syrup, fruity notes and vanilla; rye spice is barely present on the mouth.

The finish is smooth, with nearly no heat, light on rye spice, plantain and more maple syrup sweetness.

The Angel’s Envy Rum Cask Rye tastes like Cinnamon Graham Crackers covered with maple syrup with a cinnamon drizzle.

This a sweet and overly smooth pour in which is hard to get the rye spice which pops-up at the end like if it were a special guest.

There is no warmth whatsoever which is remarkable for something bottled at 100 proof, making it a must-have for those who pay a premium on smoothness. This is great dessert whiskey.

There are a few facts worth knowing about the Angel’s Envy Rum Cask Rye:

  • Angel’s Envy is finished for 18 months in Caribbean rum casks.
  • 100 different rums where tasted until the found the perfect match for the Angel’s Envy.
  • This brand was created by Master Distiller Lincoln Henderson who developed the Woodford Reserve and the Gentleman Jack while working for Brown Forman.
  • Angel’s Envy is currently owned by Bacardi, famous for those sugary Caribbean rums. Bacardi also owns Patron Tequila and Grey Goose among several other brands.
  • Crafted at MGP of Indiana using the same mash (95% rye) as the Templeton Rye, Bulleit Rye, George Dickel and several others.

Knob Creek Rye

NoseCherry, rye spice, oak
PalateOak, cherry, tobacco
FinishCaramel, old leather, dried fruit
Alcohol content100 proof (50% ABV)
How to drinkRocks, cocktails
Similar toBulleit Rye, Elijah Craig Rye

Knob Creek is a “barely legal” rye whiskey as it only has a bit over the minimum of this spicy grain to belong to this category.

This makes it taste like a spicy version of the regular Knob Creek.

The nose brings the same cherry note as the Knob Creek Bourbon along notes of rye spice and toasty oak.

On the palate you get some rye spiciness while the high corn content in the mash makes it sweet. It has a thick oily mouthfeel and a flavor rich in oak, cherries and nice caramel with little to no burn.

The finish is long and pleasantly warm, rich in cinnamon, brown sugar, dried fruit and a faint rubber note lurking in the back.

The Knob Creek achieves a decent balance of spice, wood and dark fruit. It drinks nicely straight out of the bottle, with a splash of water, or after letting it breathe for a few minutes as it seems to improve over time.

The thick creamy body gives additional points to this dram and the fact that it does not drink like a 100 proof bottle as it has very little burn.

Overall, the Knob Creek Rye makes a good option for those who want to enjoy a Rye Whiskey with moderate rye spice or a “ryed bourbon” as I would call it.

There are a few facts worth knowing about the Knob Creek Rye:

  • The contents in the mash are not disclosed but the rye content is just over the minimum of 51% required by law.
  • This whiskey is labeled as “Patiently Aged” which is the nice way of implying that it does not have an age statement.
  • Won “Best Rye Worldwide Whiskey” at the 2016 International Wine and Spirits Competition.

Price comparison

Price are approximate and stated in USD:

Angel’s Envy Rum Cask Rye$83
Knob Creek Rye$35

Angel’s Envy Rum Cask Rye vs Knob Creek Rye: Which is better?

Angel’s Envy is a nicer sip

WhiskeyAngel’s EnvyKnob Creek Rye
  • Angel’s Envy is an incredibly good sipping rye whiskey, where pleasant sweetness reigns supreme, with rye spice hitting gently despite the high presence of this grain in the mash.
  • Knob Creek is good, tastes like a spicy iteration of the regular Knob Creek although I can think of several better options below this price point such as the Old Forester Rye or the Rittenhouse Rye that are far more rewarding.

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