Veteran Bourbon Review: Heavens Door Single Barrel Cask Strength




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123.2 Proof

Purchase Price $65 (2022)

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History – “I wanted to create a collection of American Whiskeys that, in their own way, tell a story. I’ve been traveling for decades, and I’ve been able to try some of the best whiskey spirits that the world has to offer. This is great whiskey.”-Bob Dylan

Heaven’s Door and retailers across the country selected barrels that vary in age, mashbill, and warehousing locations, in order to select their own Cask Strength Single Barrel Bourbon.

​This limited release will be hand numbered and adorned with our partners name, offering a distinctive experience.-

Value – This Bourbon surprised me. I figured it was just another one of those companies with a flashy bottle and mediocre Bourbon. I was actually able to taste test this bottle before buying it and picked it out among 6 other cask strengths. I think it’s a little pricey at $65, but would gladly pay it again for this wonderful product.    

Appearance – This bottle is awesome. It is tall and decorative, depicting Bob Dylan’s artistic abilities. It comes with a corked top and is filled with a light amber colored Bourbon. Overall, beautiful bottles.

Nose – Dried Fruit/Dark Cherry/Spices/Vanilla bean- The aroma is very light. Due to the high proof, you get a hit of ethanol to your nostrils. The ethanol isn’t too overwhelming though. Make sure you swirl this one around in the glass. There’s a lot of complexity in this Nosing. It’s better to let this one open up for a bit to be able to pick the individual smells out.

Palate –  Earthy/New Oak/Spicy/Rye/Fruity- The first sip is interesting. It’s complex, thin and hot. You’ll get that high proof heat for about 4-6 seconds followed by a barely sweet new oak taste. After that, you taste the rye. Since this bottle does not have a disclosed mash bill, I’m going on a limb and saying it has a higher rye content. It’s very interesting and flavor packed.   

Finish – Lingering/New Oak-The finish is packed with heat as is with most high proofs. It goes down pretty smooth and leaves you with a lingering new oak flavor. It only lingers for about 30 seconds, so it’s not bad if you were to walk away from it.   

Summary – This bourbon is packing a lot of complexity. The flavors really compliment each other and it has a wonderful fruitiness to it. I truly  enjoyed every sip of this. This has made me curious about other Heavens Door products and I’ll be trying them all.

“This is a bourbon that I really enjoy. It’s packed with lots of different flavors and it’s fun to swish it around and try to pick them all out. I’ll definitely grab another single barrel in the future. Hopefully it’s as incredible of an experience as this one was. 

– John McGowan


Uniqueness – 1-10 – 8

Appearance- 1-10 – 8

Nose- 1-20 – 12

Palate- 1-20 – 18

Finish- 1-20 – 17

Value- 1-20 – 17

Reviewed By:

John McGowan on 10/04/2022

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