Angel’s Envy First Ever CASK STRENGTH RYE, plus CASK STRENGTH BOURBON, Inaugural Releases for New Master Distiller Owen Martin


An exciting new chapter is opening for Angel’s Envy. Actually, make that new chapters.

As of today, the brand has announced that for the first time ever, it is offering the annual highly anticipated limited edition Rye Release as CASK STRENGTH. This is historical as the AE Rye goes back to 2013, a 100 proof flavor banger finished for 18 months in rum barrels which originally housed Cognac. To say the 2013 AE Rye was rich and decadent is an understatement. It was a brown sugar molasses bomb.

Speaking of historical, both the 2023 AE Rye Cask Strength and 2023 Cask Strength Bourbon are the first releases under the new AE Master Distiller, Owen Martin. Martin was the Head Distiller at Colorado based Stranahan’s Distillery before officially joining AE in October 2022.

Angel’s Envy Master Distillery Owen Martin. Courtesy

The upcoming 2023 AE Rye Cask Strength clocks in at 114.4 proof (57.2% abv). Martin put a special touch on this release by blending barrels selected first-hand from two rye whiskeys – one finished in Sauternes Casks and the other finished in Toasted Oak Barrels. This limited-edition Cask Strength Rye falls under ANGEL’S ENVY’S highly acclaimed Cask Strength program and comes in a newly designed, elevated glass bottle. Only 5,500 bottles will be hitting shelves.

“We are always looking to push the boundaries of innovation at ANGEL’S ENVY,” says Owen Martin, Master Distiller at ANGEL’S ENVY. “It was thrilling to kick off my journey with the best-in-class team at the distillery on the 12th Annual Cask Strength Bourbon and the first-ever limited-edition Cask Strength Rye Whiskey. With my deep background in maturing, blending, and finishing whiskey, I’ve been able to share a unique perspective on the ANGEL’S ENVY’S award-winning Cask Strength program, and am looking forward to this next chapter with the brand.”

TASTING NOTES AE RYE CASK STRENGTH (Brand Provided): Features creamy notes of pears, cream, and rye spice on the palate, which lead into a finish of cream soda, black tea, and a floral sweetness.

Release Date & Pricing (Rye & Bourbon Cask Strength)

Both the AE Rye Cask Strength and AE Bourbon Cask Strength will debut Dec 1st and will be available at the AE Homeplace (starting at 9am EST) in Louisville and at select retailers nationwide. SRP is $269.99 and $229.99 respectively.

Photo: Seth Thompson

Switching liquid goodness gears now to the upcoming AE Cask Strength Kentucky Straight Bourbon finished in Port Wine Barrels. This gorgeous sipper comes in at 118.2 proof. 22,656 bottles will be available at select retailers in all 50 U.S. states, including the ANGEL’S ENVY distillery in downtown Louisville. It will be encased in a slick newly designed elevated bottle.

TASTING NOTES AE CASK STRENGTH BOURBON (Brand Provided): The release includes creamy notes of cherry, caramel, and marshmallow on the palate, which lead into a finish of baking spice, oak tannins, and red wine.

Happy hunting and good luck in tracking down both of these whiskey palate treats!

AE recently unveiled its $8.2M renovations and expansion to its Louisville Distillery grounds. Definitely worth the trip alone to see the distillery and perhaps indulge in their world class cocktail program onsite.