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Heaven’s Door Straight Rye Whiskey

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    Heaven's Door

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  • Raided Score: 85
  • Publication: The Whiskey Jug
  • Excerpt: There’s a bit of enhancement from the French Vosges Oak. It’s not dramatic, it hasn’t turned it into something different, but it is enough to make you say “well this is interesting”.
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  • Raided Score: 84
  • Publication: Distiller
  • 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.
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  • Raided Score: 86
  • Publication: Whisky Advocate
  • 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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  • Raided Score: 81
  • Publication: The Whiskey Wash
  • Excerpt: When comparing to the bourbon, the mouthfeel falls flat. It’s like the difference between coffee (bourbon) and tea (rye). It’s not as spicy as most ryes.
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  • Raided Score: 86
  • Publication: whiskyfun
  • Excerpt: It’s not often that spirits endorsed (or more) by high-celebrities are really good, but this dry American really is in my book. It’s as dry as Mr Bob.
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  • Raided Score: 81
  • Publication: Drinkhacker
  • Excerpt: The endemic “spice” of rye is there, along with some apple-heavy fruit, but it’s unfortunately tamped down, bruised a bit by a wood regimen that simply overwhelms the underlying juice.
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  • Raided Score: 92
  • Publication: Wine Enthusiast
  • Excerpt: The end result is brisk, spicy and mouth-watering, building clove, black pepper, cinnamon and lemon peel on a base of coconut, chamomile and cedar.
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  • Intro:

    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.

  • Nose:

    Spicy and fresh, the nose is reminiscent of dill, spearmint, clove and baking spice. Big pepper notes and a faint undertow of citrus.

  • Taste:

    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.

  • Finish:

    Short, spicy, hot finish. Notes of spearmint, honey, dill and cream remain, but it's short lived.

  • Overall:

    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.

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  • By t8ke
  • Disclosure: The producer provided this sample to review free of charge, and without expectation of review or rating.

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