A couple of years ago we saw Bob Dylan play. As the rumpled music legend and his ace band ripped through barely recognizable takes on his own classics, plus old-school standards, he didn’t say a word. Really, Bob? OK, you’re still the greatest songwriter of the 20th century, with a Nobel Prize in Literature to boot, even if you couldn’t be bothered to pick up your award.
And lately, Dylan, 77, hasn’t let us down in the whiskey department. Though his partnership with Heaven’s Door Spirits, he’s launched a premium line that includes a Tennessee bourbon aged for at least 10 years. Reviewers have been kind to these whiskies, whose bottles feature reproductions of his ironwork. (Yeah, he’s good with his hands, too.) True to recent form, though, Dylan promoted his bourbon on Jimmy Fallon without uttering a syllable.
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But wait, there’s more. In fall 2020, the man who dropped Nashville Skyline 50 years ago is opening the Heaven’s Door Distillery and Center for the Arts in Music City. Besides a distillery that will produce whiskey now made elsewhere, expect a concert hall, restaurant, whiskey library and gallery, Rolling Stone reports. As Dylan sings in “Cold Irons Bound,” the whiskey’s in the jar and the money’s in the bank.