New Release at Lukas Liquor Superstore
Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Finished in Port Wine Barrels
Batch No. LL1
“Lukas Liquor Superstore Edition”
43.3% ABV (86.6 Proof)
“From the Cellars of Lincoln Henderson”
Back this past September I had the honor of meeting with Angel’s Envy “Guardian of Whiskey”, Mark Boweaks and having him help assist us in creating our very own blend of Angels Envy KSBW. Unfortunately on that very day it was announced that Angel’s Envy founder and Bourbon Legend, Lincoln Henderson had just passed away at the age of 75. The mood was sad and yet reflective upon the loss of someone like Lincoln. For a long while, Mark had shared with me many stories and accomplishments that Lincoln had done over the years. Some I knew of, others I did not but in the end I realized how special Angel’s Envy was to Lincoln and his family. He will be missed, but always remembered.
“The Art of Blending”
& Why I Love My Job
Mark had brought to us three different barrel samples that we would use to create this unique blend. Sample A was extremely bright and shimmering with rye and honey. Sample B was more balanced with vanilla, a sturdy oakiness adding depth and balance to the whiskey. Sample C was absolutely amazing all around with complex rich chocolate notes all throughout the bouquet and flavor. We automatically knew that Sample C would be the building block upon this blend.
After familiarizing ourselves with the barrel samples, Mark went about showing me the process of how Angel’s Envy is blended. We took each barrel sample and added different increments into a beaker, nosed and tasted each one. During this process we kept a journal of the exact amounts being added and subtracted per each newly created blend. All together we created over 15 different blends and narrowed it down to a final 3, then down to the one that is now here in the store.
Angel’s Envy “Lukas Liquor Edition” Barrel Increments
Barrel Sample A 21% (shimmering, honeyed-rye)
Barrel Sample B 22% (balanced with oak)
Barrel Sample C 57% (big, complex chocolate)
The entire process took almost two hours and was well worth the time spent. The passion and quality that Mark and the people at Angel’s Envy have offered Lukas and now our amazing customers is something to behold. Over the years I have selected many different “single barrels” but never a blended whiskey. I and Lukas Liquor Superstore are proud to offer this new hand-selected whiskey for our customers and know that you will enjoy it as much as we did creating it specifically for you.
Final Tasting Notes
Nose: Soft, yet asserting bouquet. Complex array of dark baked fruits covered in chocolate. Vanilla wood-sugar and honey. Hints of spiced orange and banana. With a splash of water the aromas open up an even larger canopy of fruitiness. Clove sprinkled bananas.
Taste: Creamy mouth-feel. Beautiful marriage of chocolate, vanilla and rye. The added depth of chocolate is everywhere. The rye grain brings up the back end with a juicy spiced honey, then changing over to more chocolate. With a little added water the entire whiskey shifts gears and opens up to reveal an excellent balance of fruity notes and spiced chocolate covered bananas.
Finish: Warm, silky and lingering. The chocolate notes fade with a playful spiciness of the rye grain. Perfect for an after dinner whiskey.
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Mega thanks to the late Lincoln Henderson and Mark Boweak of Angel’s Envy for their help in making this blended whiskey happen and we owe the world to our outstanding Lukas Liquor Superstore customers who make these special barrels become a reality. Without your support and business, none of this would be possible.
Lukas Liquor Superstore’s Angel’s Envy Special Blend yielded approximately 360 bottles so we have more than enough to go around.
-Adam M England
Lukas Spirits Manager
Lukas Liquor Superstore, St. Louis’ first REAL liquor store.