angel's share

noun

Definition of angel's share

the angel's share
: the amount of an alcoholic drink (such as cognac, brandy, or whiskey) that is lost to evaporation when the liquid is being aged in porous oak barrels Up to 1 percent of the volume of the cask can be lost each year through evaporation, sometimes called the angel's share.— James Suckling, Wine Spectator, 30 Apr. 1992

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1970, in the meaning defined above

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“Angel's share.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/angel%27s%20share. Accessed 20 Aug. 2022.

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