Bob Dylan's Newest Release Will Be Whiskey

Knock knock knockin’ back a bottle of Heaven’s Door.

By Ethan L. Johns
April 30, 2018

Image: Heaven’s Door Spirits

Mama, take this bottle from me.

Bob Dylan has worn many hats in his lifetime—both literally and figuratively. The Nobel Prize-winner is perhaps the most important songwriter of the 20th century. He has painted throughout his career (which has spanned nearly six decades) and has more recently gotten into iron sculpture. Now, he adds whiskey to his portfolio.

The Heaven’s Door collection of whiskeys was announced on Friday, marking Dylan’s entrance into a celeb-heavy spirits market that also includes the likes of George Clooney, Matthew McConaughey and many others. According to the New York Times, Dylan is acting as a partner in the endeavor, rather than just licensing his name.

With a label evocative of the artist’s ironworks, Heaven’s Door is available in three different blends. The Tennessee Bourbon ($59.99) features “notes of vanilla and baked bread layered over a bed of toasted oak.” The Double Barrel Whiskey ($59.99) is a blend of three whiskeys, with caramel, oak, spice and citrus notes. The Straight Rye Whiskey ($89.99) was aged in oak barrels from the Vosges region in France, and tastes like orange peel, coriander and spices.

Dylan’s partners, Marc Bushala and Ryan Perry, devised flavor profiles and aging techniques by thinking about the artist’s heartland history. Operating based on enigmatic clues from Dylan’s taste tests, they finally settled on flavor profiles that mimic the “sweet, musty smell of a barn.”

“I’ve been traveling for decades, and I’ve been able to try some of the best spirits that the world of whiskey has to offer,” Dylan told the Times. “This is great whiskey.”

The bottles are available for pre-order now, and will begin shipping beginning May 21st. Heaven’s Door also plans to release an annual “Bootleg Series,” which will be sold in ceramic bottles for around $300.

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About Ethan L. Johns

Ethan is the Food News Writer at Genius Kitchen. An expert on the Parisian bistrot, he likes bitters and salted butters, and is no fan of dessert unless it's made with fruit. His hobbies include reading up on the history of borscht and attempting to roll perfect couscous by hand. Twits & Instagram @EthanLJohns