Angel’s Envy Revisited

                                                                       More than 2 years ago, 9-17-2015, Talking Bourbon reviewed a very popular Bourbon, Angel’s Envy Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. It is still very popular so TB decided, for the first time, to review a Bourbon for the second time.

TB will not go into all the usual stuff we cover when introducing a Bourbon, like proof, bottle look etc, you can read that in the original post. The only difference being the price has crept up just a bit. While you can still find a bottle for the $40 that was mentioned in 2015, most of the time it is closer to the $45 to $49 range.

Joining Talking Bourbon for this trip down memory lane is Rod. Rod is traditionally a wine and beer guy, but these last few years has found a nice appreciation of Bourbons.

NOSE

Rod:     Getting a lot of good stuff, starting with caramel, brown sugar and vanilla. After that, but still prevalent, is honey and toffee. I also get a slight smell of sherry and cedar.

TB:         Get a lot more citrus upfront, mainly orange. Behind that is cedar, caramel and a slight varnish type aroma.  Very nice nose.

TASTE

Rod:     Vanilla, cedar and a wet wood type taste all jump out at me.  lesser tastes include  juniper and  medicine. I know that doesn’t sound appealing but it all comes together for a nice drink.

TB:    Getting the orange/citrus that was on the nose with some cedar and a crisp taste that cannot be described any other way. A little rough neat.

Rod:     Crisp?

TB:        Juniper and wet wood?

FINISH

Rod:    Medium long, not much else.

TB:     Medium long with some sweetness.

OVERALL

Rod:      The great aroma and above average taste makes this a very drinkable Bourbon.

TB:     Agree that the nose is the strong suit. While not sure it is worth the high price,  the taste is unique enough to warrant having a bottle around.

Nose      4.25 out of 5

Taste      8.25 out of 10

Finish     3.75 out of 5

Total Score         16.25 out of 20 barrels

Well low and behold, it actually dropped a point since last reviewed 2 years ago. Has our taste buds evolved, found other things that are better or may be not as impressed by the bottle anymore. Who knows, what we do know is that Angel’s Envy is still a good Bourbon.

It is strong enough to be a good mixer, but has it’s own taste that makes it good on the rocks or neat.  The bottle and name still makes for a good presentation and as we stated in the opening paragraph, it is still very popular.

For all the reasons above, you should keep a bottle of Angel’s Envy in your cabinet.

 

Hotel Tango Bravo Bourbon

                                                                              As veteran’s Day approaches we here at Talking Bourbon decided to review Hotel Tango’s Bravo Bourbon. According to their web page  it’s the first service-disabled combat-veteran owned distillery in the country. Hotel Tango is located here in Indianapolis and we are not sure about availability outside of Indy.

Bravo Bourbon, American Straight Bourbon Whiskey is 7 years old, 90 proof, sells for around $50 for the 750ml and comes in a nice looking corked bottle.

Helping today is Aaron Pitt, a lawyer here in the Indpls area and long time friend of Talking Bourbon. Aaron has long been a Bourbon Lover. Both Aaron and TB are somewhat skeptical of this Bourbon, Hotel Tango makes a variety of spirits, so we are concerned as to how much love and devotion they give to their Bourbon.

Fun fact,  according to their web page, each Hotel Tango spirit derives its prefix from the NATO phonetic alphabet as such, i.e. Victor Vodka, Golf Gin, Mike Moonshine, etc.

NOSE

Aaron:    I don’t get the usual Bourbon aromas from from Bravo. Instead I get a pleasant nose of light citrus along with a strong alcohol smell.

TB:    Also get the citrus, alcohol, and the lightness. Add to that a definite apple aroma.

TASTE

Aaron:    Fruity and fairly smooth neat. Not overly complex but I like it. A little better with some melted ice.

TB:    Oak and maple syrup come to mind first. Secondary tastes include black fruit and a little bitterness.

FINISH

Aaron:   Medium to medium-long  with a little sweetness.

TB:      Medium-long with some nice heat on the back of the tongue.

OVERALL

Aaron:    I am pleasantly surprised and will buy a bottle.

TB:      Really liked this stuff and agree, need a bottle.

Nose          3.5 out of 5

Taste          7.5 out of 10

Finish         3.5 out of 5

Total score        14.5 out of 20 Barrels

Sometimes there needs to be an additional category for an easy drinking, enjoyable Bourbon, because that describes Bravo. Not overly complex and not a lot of superlatives to describe it except that it is good. There is just something about this Bourbon that makes you like it. The price is a bit high for the quality, but it is unique and has a great back story.

Recommendation,  support a veteran and go out and buy a bottle of Hotel Tango Bravo Bourbon. Then  sit back, relax and enjoy a sip.