Louisville Distilling Co. LLC, producers of Angel’s Envy tells BourbonBlog.com that they will oon construct a new state-of-the-art distillery and brand experience center in downtown Louisville (see planned photos above and at the bottom of this story).
It was annoucnced today at a press conference and ribbon cutting Slugger Field with Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear
We’ve been following the story of Angel’s Envy and the Henderson Family since the beginning as BourbonBlog.com was the first media outlet to review both their original release of Angel’s Envy Bourbon in 2010 and their new Angel’s Envy Rye (see video below)
The company has concluded a deal with the State of Kentucky for the purchase of property on the corner of Main Street and Jackson, formerly known at the Vermont American Building and Baer Fabrics.
“We are thrilled to have such an amazing location for our new distillery, ” Marc Bushala, President and CEO of Angel’s Share Brands LLC, the parent company of Louisville Distilling Co. LLC tells BourbonBlog.com. “We have spent the past two years evaluating potential sites in downtown Louisville, looking for the perfect property. The City has been great to work with and very supportive in our efforts to find the ideal location.”
Louisville Distilling Co. plans to invest approximately $12 million in the renovation of the Vermont American and Baer Fabrics buildings and equipment. LDI has hired Louisville-based Joseph & Joseph Architects to manage the project, which will house the Angel’s Envy distillery operations, as well as a “brand experience” center that will be open to the public and include guided tours of the distillery.
Master Distiller Lincoln Henderson noted, “I feel blessed to do what I truly love to do. It is a dream come true to have my own distillery on Main Street in downtown Louisville.”
Wes Henderson, son of Lincoln Henderson and C.O.O. for Angel’s Share Brands added, “We are constructing a fully functioning distillery, from milling of grains to blending and bottling on site. The Angel’s Envy distillery will be a must-see experience on the Urban Bourbon Trail.”
The Company also announced today that Louisville based private equity firm Blue Equity, LLC has made a significant investment in its parent company, Angel’s Share Brands.
Blue Equity, LLC Chairman and Managing Director Jonathan Blue said, “We are very pleased to have joined the investment group at Angel’s Envy. In just a few years, Angel’s Envy has been recognized as one of the best bourbons on the market. With the launch of the new distillery and brand experience center, the future looks even brighter for this incredible brand.”
“This is an exciting addition to Kentucky’s vibrant bourbon industry, with Angel’s Share Brands creating 40 new jobs and investing $10 million in a new distillery,” said Gov. Steve Beshear. “As bourbon continues to gain in popularity across the world, we will continue to work hard to foster new opportunities for jobs and investment.”
“We are delighted that Angel’s Envy has selected Main Street for its Louisville distillery,” said Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer. “It is exciting that we will have an iconic bourbon brand as part of the history and culture that makes up this vital corridor of Louisville’s downtown.”
Louisville Distilling Company expects the new distillery to be up and running in 2014.
Video Review of Angel’s Envy Rye and Interview with The Henderson Family
Angel’s Envy three Expressions to-date
Each expression shows Lincoln Henderson’s passion for experimenting outside of conventional norms and producing unique whiskey steeped in tradition, but finished with a twist.
— Angel’s Envy Bourbon Port Cask Finish, which is distilled for an unparalleled smoothness, aged for 4-6 years in American white oak barrels and finished
in hand-selected port casks for an incremental 3-6 months.
Now available in more than 20 U.S. markets and China. We reviewed it first on BourbonBlog.com before any other media outlet on this link.
Also, this expression earned a 98/100 points from Wine Enthusiast magazine — the highest-ever rating for a bourbon — and five stars (highest recommendation) from F. Paul Pacult’s Spirit Journal
— Angel’s Envy Rye Whiskey, a new Expression made with 95% rye and 5% malted barley
that’s aged for at least six years in new American, charred oak barrels
and finished in hand-selected Caribbean rum casks for up to 18 months.
BourbonBlog.com was the first to review it in the video above. Now available in select markets, including Kentucky
— Angel’s Envy Cask Strength, a sold-out November 2012 limited release in Kentucky and
Nashville, Tenn., which is aged to the perfect level of richness and
maturity in the few American white oak barrels that made the cut.