Metallica Launches Blackened American Whiskey
Metallica has launched Blackened American Whiskey, a blend of straight American whiskies finished in black brandy casks and subjected to sonic-enhancement. Blackened has been created in partnership with Dave Pickerell, Master Distiller at WhistlePig Rye Whiskey and former Master Distiller at Maker’s Mark.
After the blend of bourbons, ryes, and whiskys have been combined in black brandy casks for finishing, “they’re jolted back to life by the unmistakable, earth-shattering music of Metallica” using a proprietary sonic-enhancement system dubbed Black Noise. This process “pummels the whiskey with sound, causing it to seep deeper into the barrel, where it picks up additional wood flavor characteristics.”
Blackened is described as “a warm, honey-amber color. Burnt caramel, oak and honey are present on the nose, with moderate hints of spice upon first taste. The flavor builds with notes of honey, cinnamon, allspice, clove and mint, with unexpected apricot lingering underneath. Expect a long and smooth finish with slightly creamy hints of butterscotch taffy, maple and honey.”
Blackened American Whiskey is bottled at 45% ABV and will retail for approximately $52 for a 750 mL bottle.