A 26-Year Mizunara Finished Whiskey is Coming Soon from Heaven’s Door

Heavens Door Whiskey Bootleg Series 2019.

Bob Dylan’s Heaven’s Door Whiskey has announced the first volume in their annual Bootleg Series, a 26-year-old whiskey finished in Japanese Mizunara Oak barrels.

The Bootleg Series is a new line of annual, limited edition expressions from the brand that will celebrate Dylan’s art and music with high end whiskeys that are uniquely aged, blended, or finished. Each hand made ceramic bottle will display one of Dylan’s famous paintings and will come packaged in a leather journal.

Bootleg Series Volume 1 will be bottled at a barrel strength 111.5 proof. Although the exact mash bill isn’t being made public, Heaven’s Door tells us that it’s a low rye recipe that allows for both the age and the finish from the mizunara barrel to shine without becoming overly oaked. Mizunara is said to be one of the rarest oak trees in the world, and must grow for at least 200 years before they can be harvested.

“The unusually long maturity of the whisky is balanced with the acquired notes of coconut, coriander and a native incense of Dīngxiāng (clove)” said Ryan Perry, Master Blender, Heaven’s Door in a press release. “The Mizunara Oak offers an exotic taste and lingering finish found in some the best Japanese whiskies. We’ve been working on this release for many years and are thrilled with the end result.”

This premium product comes with a premium price tag – less than 3,000 bottles of Bootleg Series Volume 1 Mizunara Finished Whiskey will be available for a suggested price of around $500. Bottles will begin arriving on shelves in early December, but you can preorder yours today at reservebar.com.

Caroline Paulus is the Senior Editor for The Bourbon Review. She lives and writes in Lexington, Kentucky. Follow her on Instagram @misswhiskeyhistorian to keep up with her latest in bourbon news - and a few old finds, too.