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Metallica Inspire Blackened American Whiskey’s New ‘Rye The Lightning’ Blend

The new blend is double finished in Madeira and rum casks and undergoes the proprietary Black Noise sonic-enhancement process.

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Blackened American Whiskey's Rob Dietrich with the Metallica-inspired 'Rye The Lightning' - Photo courtesy of Blackened American Whiskey

Award-winning Blackened American Whiskey have announced their latest limited edition, Blackened Kentucky Straight Rye Double Cask Finished Whiskey dubbed ‘Rye The Lightning’: a play on words inspired by Metallica’s 6 times platinum sophomore album, Ride the Lightning. This expression is double finished in Madeira and rum casks and undergoes the proprietary Black Noise sonic-enhancement process.

‘Rye The Lightning’ is crafted from Kentucky straight rye whiskeys aged between 5-8 years and hand-selected by Blackened Master Distiller & Blender, Rob Dietrich. The whiskeys are then vatted and transferred for finishing in Madeira wine and Caribbean rum casks for 2-14 weeks each. The double cask finishing results in notes of dried fig, hay, pinewood, pear, and rum cake on the nose, and on the palate, clover honey, mint, corn husk, sugar cane, walnut, and cinnamon.

It is during the rum cask finishing that the proprietary Black Noise sonic-enhancement process is applied. The barrels are pummeled by the low hertz frequencies of Metallica’s music, and the sound waves visibly shake the finishing barrels, causing greater interaction between the whiskey and the wood, thereby extracting more flavors and colors.

The name for this release is aptly dubbed ‘Rye The Lightning’ because the playlist used for the Black Noise sonic-enhancement process is Ride the Lightning. But Rob Dietrich and Metallica didn’t want to just use the original version — they wanted to amp it up a notch. They chose a playlist consisting solely of the Ride The Lightning portion of Metallica’s June 2012 Orion Music + More festival setlist — the only time the band has ever played the album live in its entirety, albeit in reverse track order from the original album.

“The vibe from the crowd at the first Orion Music + More Festival was electrifying,” said bassist Rob Trujillo, “And it’s really cool that we get to capture that energy in this release. We’ve used a few live songs in our playlists before, but never a full live playlist. So to be able to incorporate our fans in the Blackened journey and have them be a part of the whiskey-making process is really unique, and makes this a true collaboration.”

“I absolutely love the high spice and earthy notes in American rye whiskey!” exclaimed Master Distiller & Blender Rob Dietrich. “I wanted to play with those flavor profiles by bringing a symmetry of subtle flavor elements by combining not just one, but two different cask finishes to the whiskey, creating a complex balance of sweet and savory.”

The packaging is emblazoned with a green soundwave to differentiate from the Blackened American Whiskey flagship and align with the historical significance of using the color green to characterize rye whiskey bottles. ‘Rye The Lightning’ is bottled at 90 proof and sold for an SRP of $69.99. Visit Blackened American Whiskey’s official website for further information.

Listen to Metallica’s ‘Ride The Lightning’ on Apple Music and Spotify.

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