Metallica and Blackened Announce Newest Release in Masters of Whiskey Series
Earlier this year, Metallica and Blackened American Whiskey announced their first-ever Kentucky straight rye whiskey, the appropriately titled "Rye the Lightning." Less than six months later, they're ready for another new release.
"Our secret is officially out," Rob Dietrich, Master Distiller & Blender of Blackened, recently wrote on Instagram. "I am so proud to announce this beautiful collaboration between myself at Blackened Whiskey and the legendary co-founder of Angel's Envy, Wes Henderson!!"
Henderson co-founded Angel's Envy with his father, Lincoln, who passed away in 2013 at the age of 75. Both Lincoln and Wes are members of the Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame, and Wes was close friends with Blackened's original Master Distiller & Blender, Dave Pickerell.
This is the second release in Blackened's Masters of Whiskey series, the first being a collaboration with Willet Distillery's Master Distiller, Drew Kulsveen. As Dietrich describes, the new blend is a six-year-old Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey that is finished in white port wine casks and bottled at cask strength.
Kirk Hammett is, not surprisingly, excited about the news.
"We don't do anything halfway," Hammett said. "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."
The timing of Dietrich's Instagram post is no accident as it coincides with this weekend's Bourbon & Beyond music and bourbon festival in Louisville, Kentucky. Though Metallica aren't performing, Dietrich and Blackened will be there celebrating their whiskey and this new collaboration with Henderson.
"I wanted to put a unique spin on America's most well-known whiskey, Kentucky straight bourbon," Dietrich says in a newly-released video about the new release, which you can watch in full below.
Blackened American Whiskey Announces Collaboration With Wes Henderson
No word yet on which Metallica songs were used in the Black Noise sonic enhancement process for this latest release, but the bottles should be hitting store shelves this fall so we'll know soon enough.
In the meantime, you can listen to the playlist used for the Black Noise sonic enhancement process for the collaboration with Willet below; it includes "For Whom the Bell Tolls," "Master of Puppets," "King Nothing" and "Dyers Eve," among others.