Discover the differences between Angel’s Envy Rum Cask Rye vs Whistlepig 10 in this in-depth comparison and decide which Rye Whiskey is better for You!
Angel’s Envy Rum Cask Rye
|Nose||Vanilla, coconut, banana, baking spice|
|Palate||Ripe fruity, maple, cinnamon, brown sugar|
|Finish||Rye spice, plantain|
|Alcohol content||100 proof (50% ABV)|
|How to drink||Neat|
|Similar to||Basil Hayden’s Dark Rye, Bulleit Rye|
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 as the Templeton Rye, Bulleit Rye, George Dickel and several others.
Whistlepig 10 Year Straight Rye
|Nose||Honey, caramel, cinnamon|
|Palate||Vanilla, caramel, rye spice, oak, citrus|
|Finish||Rye spice, cardamom, cinnamon|
|Alcohol content||100 proof (50% ABV)|
|How to drink||Add water, rocks|
|Similar to||Whistlepig 12, Pikesville 10|
Most Rye Whiskeys are made from a mash that only carries 51% rye grain, what distinguishes the Whistlepig 10 is that it’s 100% rye looking to provide a full rye experience.
The nose is mostly sweet with honey and caramel coming first followed by a nice note of cinnamon sticks.
On the palate the Whistlepig 10 offers a thin body lacking in texture with rye spice up-front. Vanilla, oak start to appear followed by a rich citrus note and a faint ethanol hint.
The finish has a medium length, is spicy at first but loses flavor all of the sudden leaving a salty trace behind. It has little to no burn which is good for a high-proof whiskey.
Adding a dash of water makes the Whistlepig 10 definitely better as it becomes more aromatic, less spicy letting vanilla and citrus shine.
Overall, the Whistlepig 10 is OK but not great and marginally better than the Bulleit 10 which is offered at a steep discount.
This whiskey feels a bit thin and not particularly complex enough for a whiskey at such price tag providing little value for the money.
If you are crazy about having a 100% rye whiskey take a look at the Alberta Premium which is crafted at the same distillery and waaaay cheaper.
There are a few facts worth knowing about the Whistlepig 10:
- Aged for 10 years, first in new American oak casks and then in refill bourbon casks.
- This whiskey is crafted in Canada and bottled in Vermont.
- The 10 YO received 96 Points from Wine Enthusiast.
- Whiskey expert F Paul Pacult gave it 5 out 5 stars.
- The Wall Street Journal named it one of the best 5 whiskeys.
Angel’s Envy vs Whistlepig 10: Price comparison
Price are approximate and stated in USD:
|Angel’s Envy Rum Cask Rye||$83|
|Whistlepig 10 Old Rye Whiskey||$76|
Angel’s Envy Rum Cask Rye vs Whistlepig 10 Old Rye: Which is better?
Angel’s Envy is remarkably good
|Whiskey||Angel’s Envy||Whistlepig 10|
- The Angel’s Envy is a unique, honeyed and remarkably smooth whiskey to be enjoyed over dessert.
- There is not one harsh or troubling note in it making it incredibly easy to sip.
- The Angel’s Envy will be a delight of consumers who value a sweet, flavorful and smooth pour.
- The Whistlepig is not bad, but I see no reason to pay top-dollar for a thin whiskey. I did not find much depth and complexity in the Whistlepig, TBH.
I am a bar and liquor shop owner in Oaxaca, Mexico where I have tasted hundreds of different spirits; perhaps more than I should!