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Metallica has unveiled the latest expression of its BLACKENED American whiskey line, dubbed “Rye the Lightning”.
Kentucky’s New Straight Rye Whiskey is a pun, inspired by Metallica’s second album, ride the lightning. The new expression is finished in madeira and rum casks, and undergoes the same “Black Noise” sound enhancement process (where the casks are hammered by the low hertz frequencies of Metallica’s music) as the other offerings in the portfolio. Metallica and BLACKENED.
The limited-edition offering is bottled at 90 proof (45% ABV) and is available for pre-order now, with a 750ml bottle priced at $79.99.
According to BLACKENED Master Distiller and Blender, Rob Dietrich, Metallica’s Rye the Lightning expression is crafted from pure Kentucky rye whiskeys aged 5-8 years, then finished in Madeira wine and USA rum casks. Caribbean for 2 to 14 weeks each. According to the accompanying tasting notes, “the double cask finish imparts notes of dried fig, hay, pinewood, pear and rum cake on the nose”, as well as “honey clover, mint, husk of corn, sugar cane, walnuts and cinnamon” on the palate.
Similar to other whiskeys in the Metallica and BLACKENED collection, the rum casks are placed in a room where Metallica music blares through special speakers. According to the brand, “The sound waves visibly shake the finishing casks, causing a greater interaction between the whiskey and the wood. [and] thus extracting more flavors and colors.
True to the name of the new release, the album plays during this “sound enhancement” process: ride the lightning.
Dietrich and Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo worked to perfect the “Rye the Lightning” playlist, eschewing the mastered album in favor of a playlist consisting solely of the Ride the Lightning portion of the Orion Music + More festival setlist. from Metallica in June 2012 – the only time the band has ever performed the album live in its entirety (albeit in reverse order of the tracks on the original album).
“The crowd vibe at the first Orion Music + More festival was electrifying,” says Trujillo, “and it’s really cool that we can capture that energy in this release. playlist, but never a complete live playlist, so being able to bring our fans on the BLACKENED journey and have them participate in the whiskey-making process is truly unique and makes it a true collaboration.
The ten-song playlist includes the title track, as well as hit singles “Fade to Black” and “For Whom the Bell Tolls.” It also includes the live debut of “Escape”, before ending with “Fight Fire with Fire”. Fans can download a digital version of the playlist by scanning a QR code found on the packaging of the new bottle.
Metallica’s Rye the Lightning Kentucky Straight Rye whiskey is the brand’s latest spirits release and follows the continued success of the original BLACKENED bottle of American whiskey. This bottle (available below) is a whiskey collaboration from Master Distiller Dave Pickerell and Metallica, and features a blend of aged bourbons and ryes that are finished in black brandy casks and then “exposed” to Metallica’s music. .
The original version of Metallica BLACKENED Whiskey won gold at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition in 2020. It’s available for $44 right now on ReserveBar.com and ships right to your door.