James Hetfield Makes Metallica 30th Anniversary Announcement

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A true collector’s item for both whiskey enthusiasts and Metallica fans alike, the pack features a 750ml bottle
of Batch 114 finished with our proprietary BLACK NOISE™ sonic-enhancement process tuned to the songs of The Black Album. The pack also includes a collectible whiskey coin and the Snakebyte Cocktail Booklet, featuring riffs off the classic whiskey Snake Bite drink from some of today’s rock star bartenders from across the country, and named after James Hetfield’s Signature ESP Snakebyte Guitar.

TASTING NOTES
Burnt caramel, oak & honey on the nose, with honey, cinnamon, allspice, dark fruit, clove and mint filling the palate. The finish is long and smooth, slightly creamy with hints of butterscotch taffy, maple and honey.

PACK INCLUDES
• 750ml BLACKENED® American Whiskey Batch 114
• Collectible Whiskey Coin
• Snakebyte Cocktail Booklet

Launched in 2018, Blackened was born of a collaboration between kindred spirits Metallica and the late master distiller Dave Pickerell. The whiskey is created from a blend of the finest, straight bourbons and ryes that have been aged for an average of eight-plus 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, extracting more flavors and color from the finishing barrel. In June of 2019, master distiller and blender Rob Dietrich joined the fold after the passing of Pickerell, overseeing the sourcing, blending, and cask finishing of barrels for each batch.

“So many things changed for us externally after The Black Album release,” said Metallica co-founder, vocalist and guitarist James Hetfield. “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.”