Excerpt: The palate is rich with vanilla upfront, with chocolate syrup, green oak, and the burnt corner pieces from a brownie tray. A short finish shifts to astringent oak, with spearmint, and baking spices heavy on the cloves.
Excerpt: The palate is quite pretty and pure, and delivers good intensity of white pepper spice, citrus, and vanilla cream before a fairly short finish. Does not hold up to water, but there are some nice flavors here.
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Distilled by an Undisclosed Tennessee producer, this rye whiskey finished in French Oak barrels comes to us from Bob Dylan's brand Heavens Door. It's bottled at 46% ABV, with no word on filtering.
Spicy and fresh, the nose is reminiscent of dill, spearmint, clove and baking spice. Big pepper notes and a faint undertow of citrus.
Thin to medium mouthfeel on the palate. A bit on the hot side for 46% ABV, but there's plenty of spice to keep rye fans entertained. Spearmint, green apple, honey, brown sugar are the primary notes. Not mega complex.
Short, spicy, hot finish. Notes of spearmint, honey, dill and cream remain, but it's short lived.
Heavens Door Rye isn't my favorite - there is enough going on but it drinks thin, a bit hot, and I found myself wishing it had a bit more complexity and punch.
Disclosure: The producer asked us to review this, and sent some along
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