Ok Loungers! You’ve already seen Connas’ interview with Heaven’s Door Creator, Ryan Perry!
So, without any further ado, here are his thoughts on the Whiskeys themselves!
ABV – 45%
£70.99 House of Malt
Popcorn, burnt sugar, some resin, charred pineapple with some cinnamon and black pepper. Classic Bourbon!
Dry with flavours integrating well alongside the alcohol. Slightly more dry fruit than the nose would suggest with raisin and prune both making an appearance, but those traditional bourbon notes are all there – butterscotch, sweetcorn, coconut, toffee. Intermingling nicely.
Medium length, not quite as expressive as the palate. All components are in place but not as well defined. Sweet corn-bread dominates at the end.
Double Barrel Whiskey
ABV – 50%
£85.95 The Whisky Exchange
Ooooh, more spice with this one – vanilla, pepper, big on warming charred notes. The spirit is still showing though with nail varnish, caramel, banana, corn-bread all make a contribution.
Wow, fills the whole of the mouth with lots of definable flavours. This one pops with burnt caramel, toffee, cinnamon, nutmeg, buttery corn, Chantilly cream, a touch of Olbas oil, toasted sesame seed, maybe even some glacé cherry for good measure!
Medium and slightly less complex than the palate. The buttery, creamy, oily notes take center stage while the rest offer sideline support.
Straight Rye Whiskey (Finished in Vosges Oak Barrels)
ABV – 45%
£74.95 Master of Malt
Initial candied orange peel gives way to more recognisable “Christmas” spices, clove, cinnamon, nutmeg. The rye spirit is still there with gingerbread and some pear drops which underlay the spice fest nicely.
Initial alcohol settles nicely into a mouth filling smooth feel. Once more we have citrus at the fore, and once more it gives way to the spice express. More ginger and cardamom up front, with burnt sugar and allspice taking the baton for the final lap, with a touch of citra hop for good measure.
This one is long and slightly slow to offer up its complexity, but citrus and cream filled brandy snaps linger for long enough as you remember to pour another!
Well, an already exciting category just got a lot more exciting, Loungers! Ryan deserves credit for delivering three great whiskies, grounded in traditional processes with a firm eye on current innovations within American whisky AND what he can produce in the future. Hats off to you Sir!
As I alluded to a few weeks ago, there are lots of American whiskies looking to take advantage of growth in the UK market. In such competitive times, the only people who decide if Heaven’s Door has got the chops are….
So, try some!
Prove me wrong why don’t you!
Stay Safe folks, see you soon….