Heaven’s Door Spirits is a collaboration between legendary musical artist Bob Dylan and a group of seasoned spirits professionals running a company known as Spirits Investment Partners. The American whiskeys thus far released from this brand, based in Nashville, Tennessee, have generally been well received. Now, in a rather unique endeavor, Heaven’s Door has teamed with well loved Irish whiskey label Redbreast, owned by Pernod Ricard, on a new offering.
The new Heaven’s Door The Master Blenders’ Edition, according to those behind it, was created in tandem by master blenders Ryan Perry of Heaven’s Door and Billy Leighton of Redbreast. It was more than two years in the making, with the two blenders working through a multitude of blends and barrel finishes before arriving at their final whiskey profile.
It is said as well Irish whiskey lover Dylan himself, who particularly has a passion for Redbreast, had a hand in this whiskey’s creation, working with the blenders to sample over a dozen blends before settling on the final choice.
Heaven’s Door The Master Blenders’ Edition (image via Heaven’s Door Spirits)
What specifically is in the bottle here is Heaven Door’s 10-year aged straight bourbon that’s been finished in, noted the brands, “Redbreast’s signature Single Pot Still Casks for 15 months, extracting flavor from single pot Irish whiskey and formerly Spanish sherry. The end result is a taste profile unlike any American whiskey and delivers prominent notes of nuts, spice and leather, as well as the influence of sherry, citrus, dark fruit, and a subtle sweetness of Yellow Man from the Redbreast casks.”
“We’re honored to have had the opportunity to work with Billy and the rest of the Redbreast team to bring The Master Blenders’ Edition to life,” said Perry in a prepared statement. “Heaven’s Door was founded around the spirit of collaboration, and this was a dream partnership for our brand. I can honestly say that the final flavor profile blew us away.”
“The Master Blenders’ Edition allows both the American and Irish Whiskey distilling traditions to shine through,” added Leighton. “We think fans of Redbreast, Heaven’s Door, and whiskey enthusiasts everywhere will be delighted with what they taste with this product.”
The Master Blenders’ Edition is offered in Heaven’s Door’s signature bottle, featuring a new gate design created by Dylan in his Black Buffalo Ironworks studio, as well as Redbreast’s iconic Robin. It is being released in the United States just in time for Father’s Day, and will also be available in the UK and Ireland come September.
More specifics on this limited edition release, including official tasting notes, can be found below.
Age: 10 Years
Nose: Full and complex body with notes of red apples, figs and dates
Palate: Marzipan and walnut with buttery ground nut sweetness, raisin, and nougat
Finish: Delicate with a touch of honey and coconut and subtle sweetness from Irish honeycomb
Nino Kilgore-Marchetti is the founder and editor-in-chief of The Whiskey Wash, an award winning whiskey lifestyle website dedicated to informing and entertaining consumers about whisk(e)y on a global level. As a whisk(e)y journalist, expert and judge he has written about the subject extensively, been interviewed in various media outlets and...