Heaven’s Door Straight Rye Whiskey
Heaven’s Door Straight Rye is a whiskey brand developed in collaboration with Bob Dylan. The bottles feature iron gates created by Dylan in his studio, Black Buffalo Ironworks, which were made from found objects from across America including “everything from farm equipment, children’s toys, kitchen utensils and antique firearms to chains, cogs, axes and wheels.” As for the whiskey, it’s a straight rye distilled in Tennessee and finished in toasted French oak cigar-shaped barrels from Vosges. Bottled at 92 proof.
Here we have Heaven’s Door Straight Rye, created by Bob Dylan (yes, that exact Bob Dylan you’re thinking of) and Marc Bushala (founder of Angel’s Envy Bourbon) in a church in Tennessee. Interestingly, for their rye, they have chosen to finish the whiskey in toasted oak cigar barrels (they’re cigar shaped, they didn’t just have a load of cigars stashed in them) from Vosges in France! Very intrigued to see the impact this finishing period has had on the whiskey…
Heaven’s Door Straight Rye whiskey from Bob Dylan’s Heaven’s Door range, finished in toasted oak cigar barrels from Vosges, France. It is full of orange peel, bright tropical fruit, coriander and spice notes and has already won a clutch of gold medals at spirits competitions over the past two years.
The distinctive artwork on the bottle is a replica of metalwork crafted by Bob Dylan at his studio, Black Buffalo ironworks.
Classic dark and chew rye notes – mint, baking spices, anise, freshly ground pepper – form around a creamy core of banoffee pie and vanilla ice cream. A warming, woody element builds underneath with touches of citrus, leather and molasses. A big whiff of pricey dark chocolate wafts through with time.
The flavours intensify on the palate. There’s a nutty toffee foundation with more chocolate and spice, followed by apple pie, orange peel, spearmint, salted butter and nougat.
The spice completely disappears but the mint lingers in a calm, delicate and slightly succulent finish.