Heaven’s Door Spirits recently announced the release of its Bootleg Series Vol III, named in tribute to founder and legendary musician Bob Dylan’s famed series of album collections, the Bootleg Series.
This new portfolio of rare whiskeys and special blends are released annually. The 2019 inaugural release of The Bootleg Series (Vol I) received The Chairman’s Trophy and was named to the Top 100 Spirits at the Ultimate Spirits Challenge 2020.
The second release in the series, (Vol II, 2020), was awarded Finished Bourbon of the Year at the 2021 New York International Spirits Competition and was a 2021 Ultimate Spirits Challenge Finalist, earning 94 points. Both are sold out.
This 2021 Bootleg Series release features a cask strength 13-year-old Kentucky bourbon, finished in Vino de Naranja Casks.
Native to Southern Spain, these casks are used to age an exclusive type of white wine utilizing a fully natural process that creates what’s described as a unique hue of orange in the finished wine. Bottled at cask strength, Heaven’s Door secondarily aged its mature Kentucky bourbon for almost a year in Vino de Naranja Casks, imparting what they feel is a subtle sweetness, dark amber color and a multi-layered flavor profile.
The Bootleg Series Vol III comes in a handmade ceramic bottle featuring Bob Dylan’s painting, Sunday Afternoon, which showcases radiant coloring and brush strokes to illustrate a boating scene from the shore. Each bottle is housed in an individually numbered, handmade leather journal with ornate detailing that nods to traditional Southern Spanish architecture.
“I really look forward to each year’s Bootleg release, as it’s our opportunity to introduce some of our rarest and most innovative whiskeys,” said Heaven’s Door Master Blender Ryan Perry, in a prepared statement. “The Bootleg Series Vol III allowed us to experiment with our first ever Kentucky bourbon release, one of which was aged for 13 years before our Vino de Naranja barrel finishing … pretty amazing.”
With 3,949 bottles released at a suggested retail price of $545, The Bootleg Series Vol III is available at ReserveBar.com and select retailers nationwide.
Heaven’s Door Bootleg Vol III distiller’s notes:
- Age: 13 Years
- Proof: 121.2
- ABV: 60.6%
- Nose: Rich and approachable body with notes of grilled peach, rye, and buttered popcorn.
- Palate: Sweet and spicy with notes of dark honey, black pepper, cherry and toasted oak.
- Finish: Sugared with notes of cream soda, candied orange, chocolate and graham cracker.
For more information, check out www.heavensdoor.com.
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