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Review: Heaven’s Door 777 Blend and Bootleg Series Vol. III

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The makers of our #1 whiskey of the year for 2021 are again with two new expressions, and each are uncommon and/or distinctive. We’ll get into the small print beneath.

Heaven’s Door 777 Mix – This one’s a primary: A collaboration between Heaven’s Door Whiskey and MGM resorts. It’s a mix of three 7-year-old whiskeys, a beforehand unreleased wheated bourbon, a low rye bourbon, and a straight rye whiskey. “The 777 Mix is now out there on the Maryland resort and MGM Resorts’ Las Vegas properties together with Bellagio, ARIA, MGM Grand, Park MGM, Mandalay Bay, and The Mirage.” In different phrases: You possibly can’t purchase it at retail. We tasted it although, regardless of being removed from Vegas. Outcomes: Fairly, although it’s so bursting with maraschino cherry notes that you’d be forgiven for assuming somebody doctored this with kirsch. Extremely-fruity on the palate, some barrel char and a tobacco word emerge with a brief period of time in glass, however these are initially helpless towards the onslaught of candy cherry. Over time, issues cool down, and secondary parts emerge that embody orange peel, some grapefruit, a lick of brown sugar, and a faint trace of flowery saffron. It’s actually a crowd-pleaser, and absolutely wonderful in an Previous Original, so long as you’re prepared for the fruit. 93.6 proof. A- / $NA

Heaven’s Door Bootleg Sequence Vol. III – Now on its third launch, the Bootleg Series seems in ceramic bottles and is very restricted. This third expression is a 13 12 months outdated Kentucky bourbon which is completed in Vino de Naranja (a Spanish white wine macerated with orange peel) casks. Espresso-hued in shade, there’s no trace of orange on the nostril: This smells like outdated, well-crafted bourbon, with numerous wooden, cocoa nibs, and — given time in glass — a curious word of cardamom, frivolously perfumed. Water is the precise transfer right here, serving to to mood among the punchy barrel char notes that cling to the again of the throat. There’s extra espresso even after a dousing with water, but it surely’s tempered with a lightweight contact of fruit, shifting to a clove-studded, chocolate-dusted end, barely cloying. And but, all through the expertise, distinct orange notes elude me. It’s a bit unusual, however do not forget that Vino de Naranja itself is merely macerated with orange peel, not made out of oranges, so we’re two levels eliminated right here. I anticipate the whiskeymakers wished to see a bit extra citrus punch within the completed product right here — however on condition that they began with a high-test 13 12 months outdated bourbon, I can see why that didn’t occur. Good, however not a $500 expertise. 121.2 proof. A- / $500 [BUY IT NOW FROM CASKERS]

heavensdoor.com

Heaven’s Door Bootleg Sequence Vol. III

$500

Score


9.0/10

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