Blackened X Willett Cask Strength Rye Whiskey

This rye whiskey is a true collaboration: Master Distiller Drew Kulsveen provided rye from Willett Distillery, Master Distiller & Blender Rob Dietrich took care of the finishing in Madeira casks, while Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich helped create a unique playlist for the Black Noise process, a sonic treatment of the whiskey.
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The behemoths of heavy metal Metallica entered the spirits business with Blackened American Whiskey, a blend of bourbon and rye whiskeys with an emphasis on the former. It was carefully selected by the late Master Distiller Dave Pickerell of WhistlePig fame, who is considered the founding father of craft distilling. Ever since he was a West Point student and later chemistry professor, Dave was interested in how sound could affect substances on a molecular level. They teamed up with Metallica and their long-time collaborators ― the innovating sound-engineering wizards Meyer Sound ― to create a special subwoofer that would transfer vibrations efficiently through the casks. They dubbed this proprietary process Black Noise, trademarked it, then proceeded to play tracks by Metallica ― chosen specifically for each batch by the band themselves ― to the whiskey.

The vibration helps each drop of liquid seep deeper into the wood, extracting flavors in the process, one heavy riff at a time. The result is a perfect balance of sweetness and rye spice, with additional fruity notes that come from finishing in black brandy casks. It's aged for more than 8 years and bottled at 90 proof.

The Blackened X Willett Cask Strength Rye Whiskey stems from the same collaboration, now "remastered" by Master Distiller and Blender Rob Dietrich (Sweet Amber Distilling), and Master Distiller Drew Kulsveen (Willett Distillery) with the spirit coming from Bardstown, Kentucky-based Willett Distillery. Hand-selected by Dietrich and Kulsveen from the Family Estate Selection, the whiskey was aged in new charred American oak and finished in Madeira casks employing the proprietary Black Noise process, then bottled at 109.6 proof.

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Proof 109.6 (54.8% ABV)
Distiller/Bottler Name Willett Distillery
Size 750mL
The nose opens with plenty of rye spice, vanilla, toffee, and sweet dark fruit notes. It's pleasantly sweet and equally spicy on the palate with baking spices, fruit, dark chocolate, tobacco, and nuts. The finish is oaky with fruit and hints of citrus.
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