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Angel’s Envy vs Four Roses Small Batch: Discover the Better!

Discover the differences between Angel’s Envy vs Four Roses Small Batch in this in-depth comparison and decide which Bourbon is better for You!

Angel’s Envy Kentucky Straight Bourbon

NoseCoconut, chocolate, vanilla
PalateBread, maple syrup, caramel, vanilla
FinishToasted oak, baking spice
Alcohol content86 proof (43% ABV)
How to drinkNeat
Similar toWoodford Reserve, Buffalo Trace

Angel’s Envy is not the typical bourbon as it finished it’s aging in port casks. Port is a strong, sweet, typically dark red fortified wine, originally from Portugal, typically drunk as a dessert wine.

The nose has hints not typical of bourbon such as coconut and chocolate followed by vanilla.

On the palate, the Angel’s Envy feels a bit thin lacking in texture. Taste is a little spicy up-front like a red wine, followed by maple syrup, caramel, vanilla and baking spice.

The finish is long and easy, moderately sweet, with hints of toasted oak and baking spice.

Angel’s Envy is an interesting pour. This is different to the hundreds of bourbons I’ve sampled so far. Very smooth with very little to no burn with a maple breakfast vibe and a tad of spice.

Having a bit more proof would make this bourbon a 5-star pour but it’s quite enjoyable as is.

There are a few facts worth knowing about Angel’s Envy:

  • Aged for 4 to 6 years.
  • Mash bill is comprised of 72% corn, 18% rye and 10% malted barley.
  • Earned 98 points from the Wine Enthusiast.
  • Earned five stars from F. Paul Pacult’s Spirit Journal.
  • This brand was created by Master Distiller Lincoln Henderson who developed the Woodford Reserve and the Gentleman Jack while working for Brown Forman.
  • This brand is owned by Bermuda-based Bacardi Company along Grey Goose, Patron Tequila, among several others.

Four Roses Small Batch

NoseVanilla, cherry, oak
PalateVanilla, oak, baking spice
FinishBurnt caramel, ok
Alcohol content90 proof (45% ABV)
How to drinkAdd water
Similar toFour Roses Single Barrel

The nose is mainly sweet with hints of vanilla, cherry and oak.

On the palate, the Four Roses displays a good creamy body, is rich in vanilla, caramel and rye spice with a faint oaky note.

The finish is long, with very little burn with a nice hint of burnt caramel.

The Four Roses Small Batch nicely balances sweet and spicy flavors and is packed with enjoyable hints. 

Creamy and smooth with just the right amount of spice making a great sipper. There is no need to add ice or a drop of water to tune it down as it goes down easy with no harshness.

If you have already tried the Four Roses Yellow Label you will find the Small Batch to be a vast improvement.

It is more tasty and smoother while still providing great value for the money and a satisfying daily drinker.

Learn more about this brand reading my post Discover the Best Four Roses where I rank every release.

There are a few facts worth knowing about Four Roses:

  • Made from a blend of four different Kentucky bourbons. Two of the bourbons are made from of a mash of 60% corn, 35% rye and 5% malted barley, while the other two bourbons are comprised of a mash of 75% corn, 20% rye and 5% malted barley.
  • Each of the bourbons is fermented with a unique, proprietary yeast culture providing a different flavor to the whiskeys in the blend.
  • Each bourbon is aged for a minimum of 4 years at a one-story rickhouse.
  • Only 4 casks are used in the construction of each release.
  • Four Roses is owned by the Kirin Brewery Company, which is part of the Mitsubishi Group.

Angel’s Envy vs Four Roses: Price comparison

Prices are approximate and stated in USD:

Angel’s Envy Kentucky Straight Bourbon$55
Four Roses Small Batch$40

Angel’s Envy vs Four Roses: Which is better?

The Angel’s Envy is an easier drinker

WhiskeyAngel’s EnvyFour Roses
  • The Angel’s Envy is super easy to drink, with sweet notes uncommon to bourbon as it was finished in Port barrels.
  • It lacks in body and proof making it fall short of becoming a top-shelf bourbon but delivers a sweet and nice experience.
  • Four Roses has the traditional bourbon notes, with a bit more oaf rye spice as its mash is comprised by a high amount of rye grain.
  • It drinks quite nicely as it has no harsh or off-putting notes making a solid pour to those who want classic bourbon flavors.

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