Heaven’s Door Spirits, that of music legend Bob Dylan, has announced its first expression in its limited Bootleg Series.
The rare 26-year old whisky is finished in Japanese Mizunara Oak barrels, a news release says. This first release — Volume 1 of the Bootleg Series — “is a celebration of the creative spirit of Bob Dylan and the craft of fine whiskey at its best.”
Offered in hand-made ceramic bottles featuring one of Dylan’s best-known paintings, “Train Tracks,” this 2019 edition comes in an individually numbered collectible leather journal.
“The 2019 edition of the Bootleg Series gives nuance to this whisky through a secondary aging in Mizunara oak barrels, resulting in a distinctive and supple flavor profile. Bottled with a proof of 111.5, the low rye content of this whisky’s mashbill allows for the signature flavors from the Mizunara Oak barrels to shine through, with a smooth, long finish,” the release says.
“The unusually long maturity of the whisky is balanced with the acquired notes of coconut, coriander and a native incense of Dīngxiāng (clove)” said Ryan Perry, Heaven’s Door master blender. “The Mizunara Oak offers an exotic taste and lingering finish found in some of the best Japanese whiskies. We’ve been working on this release for many years and are thrilled with the end result.”
The Bootleg Series, which is named in tribute to Dylan’s famed series of retrospective albums, will feature annual limited edition releases of specially crafted new whiskeys, uniquely aged, blended or finished, for a one-of-a-kind offering. Each annual release will be presented in hand-made ceramic bottles featuring one of Bob Dylan’s paintings, with each bottle being housed in its collectible case.
Fewer than 3,000 bottles are for sale in early December at a suggested retail price of about $500. Pre-order here. The whiskey will be available from select retailers nationwide in early December.