Discover the differences between Angel’s Envy vs Widow Jane in this in-depth comparison and decide which bourbon is better for You!
Angel’s Envy Kentucky Straight Bourbon
|Nose||Coconut, chocolate, vanilla|
|Palate||Bread, maple syrup, caramel, vanilla|
|Finish||Toasted oak, baking spice|
|Alcohol content||86 proof (43% ABV)|
|How to drink||Neat|
|Similar to||Woodford Reserve, Four Roses Small Batch|
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 Gentleman Jack while working for Brown Forman.
- This brand is owned by Bermuda-based Bacardi Company along Grey Goose, Patron Tequila, among several others.
Widow Jane 10 Year Straight Bourbon
|Nose||Caramel, oak, cough syrup|
|Palate||Oak, honey, caramel, cherry|
|Alcohol content||91 proof (45.5% ABV)|
|How to drink||Neat|
|Similar to||Woodford Reserve, Blanton’s|
The nose is sweet, with a rich caramel note, followed by toasted oak and a hit of cough syrup.
On the palate, the Widow Jane has a decent body. Flavor delivers a nice light toasted oak note at first, followed by honey, caramel and a medicinal cherry note.
The finish is long, bringing more of that oaky note, with pleasant warmth, leaving a Dr. Pepper aftertaste.
The Widow Jane has some weird notes that remind of cough syrup and Dr. Pepper but it drinks quite nicely neat, though.
Smooth mouthfeel, with a nice toasty oak note up-front and the right amount of burn at the end making it quite enjoyable.
Not an easy whiskey as it provides some notes that might be off-putting for some; this is the kind of whiskey that you either love or hate.
The price might seem somewhat high at first but is not bad for a 10 year non-chill filtered bourbon.
There are a few facts worth knowing about the Widow Jane 10 Year:
- Aged for 10 years.
- Sourced from undisclosed distilleries in Kentucky and Tennessee and from MGP of Indiana, where most rye whiskeys are crafted.
- Mashbill is undisclosed.
- The blend is aged and proofed in the state of New York using pure limestone water.
- Widow Jane Distillery was founded in 2012 and is owned by Cacao Prieto.
- Cacao Prieto was founded by Daniel Prieto Preston, an inventor and aerospace engineer, whose family has been farming organic cacao in the Dominican Republic for more than 100 years.
Angel’s Envy vs Widow Jane: Price comparison
Prices are approximate and stated in USD:
Angel’s Envy vs Widow Jane: Which is better?
The Angel’s Envy is a safer bet than the Widow Jane
|Whiskey||Angel’s Envy||Widow Jane|
- Angel’s Envy is the whiskey you want to have over brunch. The aging in those Port barrels gave it a nice maple flavor making it a nice sipper.
- It lacks in body and proof but has some unique tasting notes that make it quite interesting.
- The Widow Jane is not bad by any means, but it has some medicinal and Dr. Pepper notes that make it more challenging. It drinks nicely while displaying the right amount of heat; but definitely more demanding.
I am a bar and liquor shop owner in Oaxaca, Mexico where I have tasted hundreds of different spirits; perhaps more than I should!