Metallica’s Blackened Whiskey have announced the second release in their “Masters Of Whiskey Series.” The latest beverage in the series is a Blackened x Wes Henderson Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey.
The following was said about the new whiskey:
“Finished in Wine Port Wine Casks is the collaboration of Master Distillers Rob Dietrich of BLACKENED® and Wes Henderson, Co-Founder of Angel’s Envy. Crafted from a 6-year old Kentucky straight bourbon and finished in white port wine casks, bottled at cask strength and non-chill filtered.
Nose – pear, raisin, cinnamon, and cigar box
Palate – pear, honey, chipotle cinnamon, vanilla, barn hay, and walnut
Finish – beautiful, long viscous finish”
Rob Dietrich commented:
“I love rye, so for the first release of the Masters Of Whiskey Series, we created a cask-finished rye. It was only natural that our next release should be a bourbon. But like everything we do, we couldn’t create just any bourbon; it needed to be uniquely different. To do that, we partnered with one of the most renowned names in the industry: Wes Henderson. It was a true honor getting to work with Wes and learn how our palates aligned together in the process. His close friendship with Dave Pickerell sparked some of the concepts we designed for this whiskey. We’ve created something truly special that I hope whiskey enthusiasts will enjoy as much as we did making it.”
Guitarist Kirk Hammett continued:
“We don’t do anything halfway. We partnered with our co-founder, the late, great Dave Pickerell to bring you our badass original blend — now helmed by the amazing Rob Dietrich, Willett Distillery to bring you an explosive rye, and Wes Henderson to create this outstanding bourbon. That’s the really cool thing about the ‘Masters Of Whiskey Series’ — we build on our core idea of collaboration, getting to work with these insane master distillers and blenders to innovate and bring new expressions to our fans and whiskey drinkers.”
Wes Henderson added:
“I didn’t think I’d be working on another whiskey so soon after my retirement, but I couldn’t pass this up. As a close friend of Dave’s, I’ve been watching Blackened for a while now and have been impressed with Rob, the team, and with what they’ve created. It was an incredible experience getting to work closely with Rob, compare palates and use our respective skill sets in cask finishing to develop this flavor profile. We both have a very similar approach to whiskey — that it takes drinkers on a journey. I believe we accomplished that with this expression, and the fact we were able to tie-in a charity that’s serving the community of Western Kentucky, which is so near and dear to my heart, is amazing. I can’t wait for others to try it!”