Blackened Whiskey is a collaboration between the rock band Metallica and late master distiller Dave Pickerell (of WhistlePig and Hillrock). It is a blend of straight whiskeys sourced from undisclosed North American distilleries. The whiskey is finished in "black brandy barrels" for a few weeks. Additionally, the barrels are sonically enhanced in a process called "Black Noise". Low hertz sound waves--playing Metallica's music of course--causes the whiskey to further interact with the wood. The inaugural batch is labeled 081, to signify the year the band formed. Each batch of 5000 bottles will come with an accompanying playlist on Spotify and Apple Music. Visit https://blackenedwhiskey.com/batch-playlists/ to listen to the unique playlist that each batch of Blackened Whiskey was pummeled by
The process the whiskey undergoes is intense; the flavor is anything but. The spirit has 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.