As a tribute to shared Irish and American Artistry: Heaven’s Door Master Blender Ryan Perry and Redbreast Master Blender Billy Leighton collaborated on the 10-year-old Heaven’s Door Straight Bourbon Whiskey finished in casks used for Redbreast Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey.
This first ever such collaboration for both brands was created in tandem by Master Blenders, Ryan Perry of Heaven’s Door and Billy Leighton of Redbreast Irish Whiskey and has been aptly named, “The Master Blenders’ Edition”. Marrying the best of American and Irish whiskey.
More than two years in the making, Perry and Leighton worked together on a multitude of blends and barrel finishes to arrive at their final whiskey profile. As a lover of Irish Whiskey, Heaven’s Door Founder, Bob Dylan, worked closely with the Master Blenders and sampled over a dozen blends before settling on the final selection.
The Master Blenders’ Edition features Heaven’s Door 10-year aged Straight Bourbon finished in Redbreast’s signature Single Pot Still Casks for 15 months, extracting flavor from single pot Irish whiskey and formerly Spanish sherry. The end result is a taste profile unlike any American whiskey and delivers prominent notes of nuts, spice and leather, as well as the influence of sherry, citrus, dark fruit, and a subtle sweetness of Yellow Man from the Redbreast casks.
“We’re honored to have had the opportunity to work with Billy and the rest of the Redbreast team to bring ‘The Master Blenders’ Edition to life. Heaven’s Door was founded around the spirit of collaboration, and this was a dream partnership for our brand. I can honestly say that the final flavor profile blew us away.”said Ryan Perry, Heaven’s Door Master Distiller
“The Master Blenders’ Edition allows both the American and Irish Whiskey distilling traditions to shine through. We think fans of Redbreast, Heaven’s Door, and whiskey enthusiasts everywhere will be delighted with what they taste with this product.”
“Mr. Dylan is a perfectionist and knows his whiskey. His engagement and enthusiasm for this collaboration made this project even more special.”said Billy Leighton, Redbreast Irish Whiskey’s Master Blender.
The Master Blenders’ Edition is offered in Heaven’s Door’s signature bottle, featuring a new gate design created by Bob Dylan in his Black Buffalo Ironworks studio, as well as Redbreast’s iconic red-breasted Robin of Redbreast.
The Master Blenders’ Edition is best enjoyed neat or on the rocks or with a splash of water and features the following characteristics:-
- Age: 10 Years
- Proof: 100
- ABV: 50%
- Nose: Full and complex body with notes of red apples, figs and dates
- Palate: Marzipan and walnut with buttery ground nut sweetness, raisin, and nougat
- Finish: Delicate with a touch of honey and coconut and subtle sweetness from Irish honeycomb
The whiskey will be available to purchase online via reservebar.com and from select retailers globally at the end of May, priced at US$99.99 per 700ml bottle.
Heaven’s Door is an award-winning collection of handcrafted American whiskeys co-created with iconic musician and artist, Bob Dylan. The perfect blend of art and craft, each bottle of Heaven’s Door showcases Dylan’s distinctive welded iron gates that he created in his studio, Black Buffalo Ironworks.
Redbreast is regarded as one of the most decorated Pot Still Irish whiskeys. For more than a century, Redbreast has stayed true to the single pot still whiskey-making tradition and today is considered to be the definitive expression of this quintessential style of Irish whiskey.