Bob Dylanthe gate of paradise whiskey The brand has proven to be one of the best in the celebrity realm, with a strong core line of rye, bourbon and American whiskey. The latest release, part of the brand’s Decade series, is simple enough for a limited-edition bottle – a 10-year-old bottle. rye whiskey– but this one is for those looking for the assertive, spicy notes of a bigger, bolder rye.
As you can probably tell by its name, the The gates of paradise The Decade series is intended to showcase whiskeys aged for 10 years. That’s relatively young for Scotch, but for American whiskey 10 years is getting a little long in the tooth – Scotland’s climate is mild, while most of America sees temperature changes from hot to cold that accelerate the interaction between wood and whiskey as it ages. In this case, the whiskey was aged in Indiana and Tennessee, two states that have hot summers and cold winters. And while the specific source is undisclosed, it’s probably safe to assume it’s MGPthe spirits factory that is behind so many of your favorites whiskeys.
You might be thinking, “A 10-year-old rye whisky? That’s good, I’ve had this before. Indeed you have – other examples include bottles of Templeton And Bulleit (derived from MGP), WhistlePig (Canada), and Michter’s (undisclosed source, but generally quite exceptional). So why should you try this bottle exactly? First of all, if you are a fan of assertive and spicy 95% rye whiskey, this is for you. According to master blender Alex Moore, Decade Series 2 is a blend of dozens of rye whiskeys that have all been selected because of their particular flavor profiles. The nose opens with notes of banana and candy apple, but things really start to pick up on the palate. There are some tannic licorice notes that lead the way on the tip of the tongue, followed by orange, honey and molasses. Deep notes of vanilla and caramel emerge as you continue to sip, but there’s not much sweetness present and a hint of bitterness that might not appeal to everyone.
Based on these tasting notes, this sounds like a divisive rye whiskey. If you’re looking for an easy sip that you don’t have to think about much, this isn’t it. But as the Barrell Craft Spirits Private Release Rye reviewed here recently, this is a bottle for those truly looking for a rye whiskey drinker’s rye whiskey. There’s been a lot going on with Heaven’s Door recently, including the brand new distillery and revamping of the core lineup that we reported on recently. But the best news is that this is a celebrity-backed brand that continues to release high-quality whiskeys, probably more thanks to the daily work of the production team than Dylan’s personal input. But hey, at least he’s not following the celebrity herd and chasing that Tequila money.
- 100: It’s worth exchanging your firstborn for
- 95 – 99 At the Pantheon: A trophy for the firm
- 90 – 94 Great: An enthusiastic wink from friends when you pour them a drink
- 85 – 89 Very Good: Delicious enough to buy, but not special enough to seek aftermarket
- 80 – 84 Good: More of your everyday drinker, strong and reliable
- Below 80, it goes: Honestly, we probably won’t waste your time and ours with this.