By Richard Thomas
When Angel’s Envy bought the site of an old paint factory across the street from the Louisville Cardinals ballpark and announced their intention to build a new distillery there in 2013, some bourbon bloggers scoffed and dismissed it as a publicity stunt. The doubters were proved wrong again, as Louisville’s Courier Journal reported yesterday that Angel’s Envy has received their distilling equipment and anticipate starting operations in the summer and open to visitors in the autumn.
Angel’s Envy was founded by longtime Brown-Forman bourbon man Lincoln Henderson in partnership with his son, Wes, in 2011. The company was an early pioneer in bringing the Scottish practice of secondary maturation—finishing in a second set of barrels—to the United States, creating a Port-finished bourbon. The company has since added rum-finished rye whiskey to its line-up. Lincoln Henderson passed away in 2013, just a few months after the distillery groundbreaking, and the company he helped found was acquired by Bacardi in 2015.