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Henderson’s Exceptional Tribute—Angel’s Envy Cask Strength

Jack Bettridge
Posted: September 20, 2013

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NOSE: Comes on strong with hard candy—orange peel and plum. Softens through layers of wood, vanilla blossoms, tea and rose.

PALATE: Ladles onto the tongue like a licorice elixir with a heated dose of alcohol. Then becomes an arbor of exquisite wood flavors that plays bitter, sour, sweet, and savory. A confection of maple syrup and some pears follow that.

FINISH: The real treat is the finish, however. As well as lasting forever, it peddles in all the charms, and then some, of the palate. The Port wood chimes in as well as some Christmas cake. You'll be tempted to return to the glass. Do it. At the palate's second go-around, the taste sensors are on high alert and every one of the highlights of the first coming is trumpeted.

Alec Bradley Family Blend M23 (7 inches by 50 ring gauge, $7.50, 90 Points, Cigar Aficionado October 2013).There's a pigtail and three-seam cap atop this Churchill, which has a piquant, spicy character and a juniper, gin-like aftertaste. The leather in this cigar underlines every savory aspect of the whiskey, from caramel and toffee to rich woods to hearty wine. The Angel's Envy then goes and exposes the nutty core of the Alec Bradley. Brilliant pairing.

Padrón Serie 1926 No. 9 (5 1/4 inches by 56 ring gauge, $19.00, 93 Points, Cigar Aficionado October 2013). Bracingly spicy, this delicious cigar delivers espresso, cedar and loads of coffee bean flavor. It is well-balanced, and the draw is superb. Lock me away with this set up. Cigar and whiskey harmonize on a celestial level. Recognizing where one's influence leaves off and the other's begins is almost impossible. The whole affair turns into a candy bar of chocolate, nougat, caramel and nuts, laced with leather. The Envy takes on a Cognac aspect and the cigar becomes even richer. An exceptional pairing.

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Comments   2 comment(s)

Cosmo Lavish — Whitby, ON, Canada,  —  September 21, 2013 10:21pm ET

I guess 123 proof whiskey will do that to your spelling and syntax, Jack...sounds wonderful anyway.

JONATHAN DREW — NEW YORK, NY, UNITED STATES,  —  October 4, 2013 1:05pm ET

One of the best. We will miss him.

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