- 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.