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Regent Liquor now has Metallica’s Blackened Whiskey.  “Metallica have jumped on the spirits train, and they have officially unveiled Blackened, “a blend of bourbons, ryes, and whiskeys from all across North America,” curated by distiller Dave Pickerell.  The whiskey is, of course, named for the opening track from the band’s 1988 opus …And Justice for All, which turns 30 this year, and sleekly bears a sound wave from the tune on its label.   A joint statement from the band about the new liquor states, “The ultimate goal is to make a whiskey that fits into the Metallica experience and sets itself apart from all the others. We want to show the world, and in this case especially the whiskey connoisseurs, how seriously we take this endeavor.”  About a year and a half ago, they launched their own Sweet Amber Distilling Co.   They joined with Pickerell, a onetime professor of chemistry and master distiller for WhistlePig who previously worked at Maker’s Mark and helped them “Metallicize” the drink.   Where some other distillers use sound waves to speed up whiskey’s aging process or, as Pickerell says, “to make the barrels feel happy,” Sweet Amber has developed a patent-pending sonic enhancement process they call “Black Noise” that uses low frequencies to enhance the flavor by vibrating the casks with, of course, Metallica’s music.  Pickerell is hesitant to explain too much of the process, since it’s patent pending, but reveals that the black brandy casks contain a lot of wood chemicals. “Right near the surface is the wood caramel, so when you burn the barrel, you make char and right behind the char there’s what people call the red layer,” he says. “That’s where the wood sugars get hot enough to caramelize but not hot enough to burn. There’s a lot of caramel right underneath the char, so the thing I’m going for is pulling some extra wood caramel out.”

 

Written by regent_liquor on September 18th, 2018