Heard on the Hill: Welcoming Brand-New Bourbon
Capitol Hill gets many celebrities stopping by to push their latest cause, but rarely do we get one whose most recent claim to fame is pissing off the angels.
Lincoln Henderson, master distiller for Louisville Distilling Co., stopped by Capitol Hill on Wednesday ahead of the Washington, D.C. release of his latest creation, Angel’s Envy.
Henderson was the mastermind behind such bourbons as Gentleman Jack, Jack Daniels Single Barrel and Woodford Reserve. He retired from distilling in 2004, but he came back to the game after just a couple of years.
Why? Because he was bored and had some great ideas.
His latest development takes its name from an old bourbon legend. Apparently, when the spirit ages in a barrel, a certain amount of the drink evaporates. This is said to be the angels’ share.
According to Henderson, his newest bourbon is so subtle and smooth with a port finish and so imminently sippable that it’s the envy of all those in heaven. Hence the name.
The Washington area is only the ninth market to introduce the spirit, and Capitol Hill was the first stop in its launch.
You can now find Angel’s Envy in bars and stores across the District and Baltimore.
And if you’re not big on bourbon neat?
Fear not, HOH has ways of making you drink.
Here’s a recipe by Jack Rose’s Rachel Sergi:
Angel’s Envy Cocktail
1.5 oz. Angel’s Envy
0.75 oz. Earl Grey-infused Dolin Rouge (sweet vermouth)
0.25 oz. Combier (orange liqueur)
0.5 oz. fresh-squeezed lemon juice
0.5 oz. honey syrup
2 dashes lemon bitters
Build in tin, shake strongly. Double strain into chilled glass and garnish with lemon peel.