Door started in 2015 with Bob Dylan
trademarking the term bootleg whiskey. Dylan wasn’t out to create a
whiskey brand. But Marc
Bashula, formerly of Angel’s Envy,
and Ryan Perry, a whiskey developer for Diageo,
were fascinated with Dylan’s trademark. They invited him to partner with them
on their whiskey adventure. Dylan refused, but in 2018, he had a change of
heart. Dylan was named co-creator, and the new brand came to life as a
tribute to his 1973 hit Knocking on Heaven’s Door.
“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
Blues Minnesota Bourbon Whiskey comes
from the harsh climate of the namesake state’s “North Country,” which likely
refers to the North
Country National Scenic Trail,
the longest national scenic trail in the United States. About 800 of the trail’s
4600 miles are in Minnesota.
from being beautiful, what’s so special about North Country? Check this out: it
experiences annual temperatures between 116°F in the summer and way down to -80°F
come winter! That’s a whole lot of opportunity for whiskey to interact with
the distillery is undisclosed, it is located within 150 miles of Duluth, where
Dylan was born. While limiting things north of his place of birth, I tried to
search and could only come up with Far North
Spirits, but that’s slightly outside the
Blues aged seven years in oak before being packaged at its cask strength of
61.35% ABV (122.7°). A 750ml bottle comes with a recommended price of $79.99.
You can also order a bundle on the brand’s website
that includes the whiskey and the Bob Dylan
Center’s newest book, Bob Dylan: Mixing Up
this latest release worth the investment? We’ll #DrinkCurious to discover the
answer, but before we get there, I must thank Heaven’s Door for providing me
with a sample of Homesick Blues in exchange for my no-strings-attached, honest
poured this Bourbon into my Glencairn glass to sip neat. The liquid was the
color of caramel. The husky rim almost refused to shed any tears. Eventually,
the weight caught up, and what was released was thick and slow.
smelled candy corn, caramel, strawberry fruit roll-ups, and toasted oak. When
the air hit my tongue, I found caramel.
mouthfeel was airy and fluffed its way across my palate. On the front were
flavors of agave, toasted oak, and corn. The middle featured nutmeg and cinnamon,
and on the back, I could swear that I tasted freshly baked oatmeal raisin
finish possessed what started as medium-long and, on the second sip, became a lumbering
one. It began with more oatmeal cookies and morphed into cinnamon, nutmeg, leather,
and dry oak.
Bottle, Bar, or Bust:
Homesick Blues is an interesting Bourbon that will keep your attention. The longer
I left the whiskey in my glass, the more emboldened the caramel and agave notes
became. I can’t say that I’ve tasted a Bourbon quite like it. It is an exceedingly
easy sipper. Homesick Blues is one of those dangerous whiskeys where the
proof will sneak up and smack you with a 2x4. It's certainly worth picking up
and earns my Bottle rating. Cheers!
My Simple, Easy-to-Understand
- Bottle = Buy It
- Bar = Try It
- Bust = Leave It
you to enjoy your whiskey as you see fit but begs you to do so responsibly.