Lincoln Henderson, the former distillery manager of Woodford Reserve
and Old Forester
, is back on the Bourbon scene having started up his own outfit--the Louisville Distilling Company. LDC will release its first expression this Fall, called "Angel's Envy."
For those not in the know, distillers refer to the whiskey that escapes the barrels during the aging process through evaporation as "The Angel's share."
Lincoln isn't saying much. But his son Wes posted the following on www.straightbourbon.com
"I am pleased to confirm the rumors about Angel's Envy Bourbon, and before taking any additional detailed information to the public, it is important for me to come before this group and provide some details, as we are prepared to release them...
These are exciting times as Lincoln returns to his Kentucky Bourbon roots. The first expression, produced on our behalf, will be available in September for national distribution, but our approach is to take it slow, and let the bourbon speak for itself. And we think it will. We have narrowed our location to 2 potential sites, and are making final decisions on our distillation equipment. The current plan is to incorporate pot stills and continuous distillation into our process, allowing us to maintain an artisanal capability (Dad wants to try a whole bunch of things) and still have the ability to maintain production demands. Production at our facility is expected to begin in September of 2010."
Henderson was instrumental in the rise of Woodford Reserve as one of the leading small-batch Bourbons. And he pumped new life into Old Forester, as well. Angel's Envy will be a highly anticipated release in Bourbon country.