The Bootleg Series Vol. II is Coming From Bob Dylan’s Heaven’s Door

Heaven's Door Bootleg Series Vol. II. Courtesy Photo.

Heaven’s Door Whiskey has announced the second release in their ultra-premium Bootleg Series, a 15-Year Tennessee Bourbon finished in Jamaican rum barrels.

The Bootleg Series launched last year as a nod to Heaven’s Door founder Bob Dylan’s collection of albums of the same name. The first release in the series, Vol. I, featured a 26-year-old whiskey finished in Japanese Mizunara oak casks. “It was a really special rare whiskey and set a high bar for future Bootleg releases,” said Marc Bushala, CEO of Heaven’s Door Spirits. 

And now, the brand is ready to try and jump that bar with the release of Bootleg Series Vol. II. Bottled at 104.6 proof, this 15-year-bourbon was finished in 30-year-old rum casks for almost a year. Like last year’s release, the hand-made ceramic bottle will be decorated with one of Dylan’s paintings and come in a numbered leather journal. This year, the bottle will be adorned with a painting named Sunrise, Monument Valley, was recently featured in Bob Dylan’s Retrospectrum at the Modern Art Museum in Shanghai, China, along with more than 250 of Bob Dylan’s artworks in an array of media.

“After nearly two years of experimentation with different blends and barrel finishes, we have created an incredible whiskey for the Bootleg Series Vol II,” Heaven’s Door Master Blender, Ryan Perry said. “I was intrigued by the idea of using Jamaican pot still rum casks to imbue the 15 year-old cask strength whiskey with a soft, round and lasting finish that is distinctive and complex.” The whiskey has “hints of maple syrup on the nose, notes of toasted coconut, holiday spice, and toasted oak on the finish,” said Perry.

Heaven’s Door Bootleg Series Vol. II is available for pre-sale now on for a suggested retail price of around $500. Around 3,000 bottles will be available nationwide in October.

Caroline Paulus
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