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Heaven's Door Tennessee Straight Bourbon

Rolling Thunder Review

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@talexanderReview by @talexander

3rd Oct 2019

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  • Brand: Heaven's Door
  • ABV: 45%

See what I did there? There is a doc on Netflix called Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese. If you are a big Dylan fan like myself, you'll enjoy it; if not, you'll feel like you've fallen into a Dylan song that you can't get out of - long, rambling and confusing. Dylan also apparently made a whiskey: Heaven's Door is a brand that sources whiskies and blends them together - their current offerings are a blend, a rye and a bourbon, discussed here. This bourbon is at least seven years old.

The colour is a medium caramel, with long oily legs. On the nose there is buttered spiced corn-on-the-cob (black pepper, nutmeg and a hint of cumin). Toasted brioche. Vanilla bean. Steamy humidor. Water dilutes things a bit, while adding a dark chocolate note. There's a good oaky backbone to this, with a classic Tennessee profile of pepper, over-ripe banana and liquorice.

On the palate the liquorice leaps to the front, bringing with it chili heat, that subtle cumin note and a burst of blood orange. Grilled plantains. Very oily mouthfeel. Big oak, with lots of wood smoke; plenty of caramel too. Water evens things out while adding Indian spices. Nice balance of sweet, smoky, oily and spicy.

The finish is very oaky, with more black pepper, linseed oil and toffee. If you like Tennessee whiskey, I think you'll enjoy this peppery, oily bourbon. Could be mistaken for a Jack Daniel's Single Barrel. As gimmicky as the celebrity association is, it's a solid, well balanced bourbon.

11 comments

@talexander
talexander commented

Sorry about the broken image!

14 days ago 0

@BlueNote
BlueNote commented

The documentary is worth watching, even if you're not a big fan. I parted ways with Dylan around Blood on the Tracks. This sounds like a very drinkable whiskey, and there seems to be a bit of a trend among the rich and famous for vanity whiskies and other types of booze.

13 days ago 1Who liked this?

@casualtorture
casualtorture commented

So Bob Dylan is opening a "Whiskey Library" and performance venue here in Nashville in an old Methodist church. It will also distill whiskey as well from what I've read. This review reminded me of it. I'm sure it will be quite "touristy," but I'll still check it out for sure.

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13 days ago 0

@RianC
RianC commented

@BlueNote - You mean Conor McGregor isn't hand shoveling the barley onto the malting floor?!? Wow ... illusion shattered smile

12 days ago 1Who liked this?

RikS commented

@RianC give him a break. At least he's not a stranger to shoving his fists into the unsuspecting face of elderly Irishmen that don't like his wares blush

12 days ago 0

@talexander
talexander commented

@BlueNote Wow - Blood on the Tracks is one of his greatest albums!

12 days ago 2Who liked this?

@talexander
talexander commented

@casualtorture Yeah, it'll probably be cheesy.... but fun. Except when he's playing there, then it will be either awesome or horrible, depending on his mood.

12 days ago 2Who liked this?

@Nozinan
Nozinan commented

@OdysseusUnbound You should listen to it while sipping from the sample of Shelter Point Rye I will prepare for you...

12 days ago 1Who liked this?

@RianC
RianC commented

@OdysseusUnbound - I've tried to resist the urge to reply as I don't want to have to pick a favourite Dylan song - impossible!

Still - If You See Her Say Hello, Meet Me in the Morning and Tomorrow is a Long Time are three that really stand out and have meaning for me.

Thanks for the review @talexander though I doubt I'll get a chance to try the whiskey it's an interesting tid-bit all the same.

12 days ago 2Who liked this?

@BlueNote
BlueNote commented

@talexander I agree, and that’s the last of his that I really liked.

11 days ago 0

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