Bob Dylan's High-Rye Bourbon Is Excellent, and It Keeps Delivering Hits
When it comes to celebrity booze, this whiskey stands out.
The song "Moonshiner" by Bob Dylan is an outtake from his studio in 1963.
It was little known at the time that he would be making his own whiskey that was worth far more than a damn half a century later.
Dylan's Heaven's Door isn't actually making the whiskey, and it's not moonshine, but it's actually a very good whiskey that outshines many other celebrity brands. Three signature expressions make up the core lineup: Tennessee Straight Bourbon, Double Barrel Whiskey, a blend of three liquids aged for six years and then aged in virgin oak for another year, and Straight Rye finished in Vosges cigar barrels. Aside from that, the Master Blender's Edition finished in Redbreast casks and the Bootleg Series have been excellent limited-edition releases. Although a distillery is being built in Nashville, there is plenty of whiskey to be sourced for the new Decade Series, which includes a Tennessee bourbon aged 10 years and is a solid pour.
Heaven’s Door has released decade-old bourbons before, but this one is a bit different. This release has a different distillation, aging location, and mash bill than Angel’s Envy, according to master blender Ryan Perry, who co-founded the brand with Marc Bushala. This is a high-rye bourbon with over twenty percent rye in it, which makes it particularly important to note that last point. This 100-proof bourbon has classic bourbon notes of vanilla, stone fruit, dark chocolate, leather, tobacco, and a little heat on the palate, the perfect complement to vanilla, stone fruit, dark chocolate, and a bit of spice on the back palate.
I'll get back to the celebrity brand thing. Heaven's Door doesn't talk a lot about Dylan being involved in picking barrels, tasting new spirits, or taking notes during lengthy blending sessions. That's because, obviously, he isn't. Besides being a famous name and a partner, he is mainly responsible for designing the artwork on bottles based on his ironwork. The next Instagram story Dylan posts will not feature him mixing up Old Fashioned cocktails poolside for a bunch of friends. This new Decade Series bourbon is a testament to the fact that Heaven’s Door is a whiskey that you would drink even without the Minnesota bard backing it.