BLACKENED American Whiskey launches its new “Masters of Whiskey Series” with the inaugural release, BLACKENED x Willett Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey Finished in Madeira Casks. The expression was born in the collaboration between two distillers, Rob Dietrich of BLACKENED and Drew Kulsveen of Willett Distillery.
BLACKENED is the award-winning American whiskey brand from late Master Distiller Dave Pickerell and American heavy metal band Metallica. Its new “Masters of Whiskey Series” will combine the strengths of Master Distiller and Blender Rob Dietrich and renowned whiskey makers to create complex expressions. The new series will feature new collaborations and unique expressions.
The BLACKENED x Willett Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey Finished in Madeira Casks starts with a base of low rye and high rye whiskey recipes that were selected by Rob Dietrich and Willett Distillery’s Master Distiller, Drew Kulsveen, from the Willett Family Estate Reserve Selection. Aged for an average of 6.5 years in white American oak casks, the whiskey emits hints of sweet rhubarb, brown sugar, corn husk, cigar box, and vanilla. The first sip gives notes of buttery caramel, earthy mint, and fresh-cut hay, rolling into a superb finish with vanilla, cinnamon butter, and dark walnut. After the rye whiskeys are married together, they are finished in Madeira casks for up to 14 weeks. These casks impart dark fruit notes, overtones of honey, and slightly sweeter flavors of caramel and cinnamon.
During finishing, the whiskey undergoes the patented BLACK NOISE™ sonic enhancement process in which the finishing barrels are pummeled by the low hertz frequencies of Metallica’s music. The sound waves visibly shake the finishing barrels, causing a greater interaction between the whiskey and the wood. The 11-track playlist for the BLACK NOISE™ process was selected by both Rob Dietrich and Drew Kulsveen and sequenced by Metallica Co-founder and Drummer, Lars Ulrich.
The playlist includes:
For Whom The Bell Tolls
Master of Puppets
Welcome Home (Sanitarium)
Dyers Eve (Remastered)
Broken, Beat & Scarred
The Thing That Should Not Be
Of Wolf and Man
The $139.99 BLACKENED x Willett Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey Finished in Madeira Casks is available in limited quantities.