Latest Blackened American Whiskey Tied To Metallica’s The Black Album

By Allyson Nichols / June 16, 2021

In honor of Metallica’s self-titled album, known as The Black Album, Blackened American Whiskey recently announced a limited edition whiskey pack.

Featuring a 750ml bottle of Batch 114 finished with Blackened’s proprietary “Black Noise sonic-enhancement process” tuned to the songs of The Black Album, The Black Album Whiskey Pack also includes a collectible whiskey coin and the Snakebyte Cocktail Booklet. 

“The Black Album was one of the first albums that I truly took up as a personal anthem. It is such a bada** record and it carried me and my buddies through some intense times during our military deployments in the early ’90s and beyond,” Blackened Master Distiller and Blender Rob Dietrich said in a prepared statement.

Black Album Whiskey Pack

Black Album Whiskey Pack (image via Sweet Amber Distilling)

“Just like the record, The Black Album Whiskey Pack’s Batch 114 has been masterfully crafted and is heavy-hitting and well-balanced, with buttery caramel and oak on first sip, rolling through notes of apricot and almond, followed by an earthy chipotle, walnut, and maple finish. So good! Now it’s time to sip a little whiskey, throw this record on the turntable, and crank it until the windows blow out!”

Launched in 2018, Blackened began as a collaboration between Metallica and the late Master Distiller Dave Pickerell. The whiskey is created from a blend of straight bourbons and ryes that have been aged for an average of 8+ years and finished in black brandy casks to the low hertz frequencies of Metallica’s music through the Black Noise sonic-enhancement process. The low frequencies pummel the whiskey inside the barrels, causing greater interaction between the whiskey and the wood, allowing for what’s described as more flavor and color. 

In June of 2019, Master Distiller & Blender Rob Dietrich joined the team after the passing of Pickerell, overseeing the sourcing, blending, and cask finishing of barrels for each batch. 

Originally released on August 12, 1991, The Black Album is the highest-selling album of any genre in the last 30 years with over 17 million copies sold in the U.S. and 35 million copies sold worldwide. The Black Album Whiskey Pack pays tribute to the album from music to cover, with the entire album featured as the finishing playlist, and the packaging and components all inspired by the album cover. The playlist features all twelve tracks from the album. 

“So many things changed for us externally after The Black Album release,” Metallica co-founder, vocalist, and guitarist, James Hetfield said. “The perception of the importance of Metallica changed greatly. Obviously, with songs like ‘Sandman,’ ‘Unforgiven,’ ‘Nothing Else Matters’ becoming embraced by a lot of the world, we became a household name. It changed our lives and hopefully helped the world connect.” 

The Black Album Whiskey Pack is available to purchase online as as well as through local retailers in select markets for a retail price of $49.99. Official tasting notes for the bottling included can be found below. 

  • Nose – Burnt caramel, oak & honey
  • Palate – Honey, cinnamon, allspice, dark fruit, clove & mint
  • Finish – Long and smooth, slightly creamy with hints of butterscotch taffy, maple & honey.

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