BLACKENED is a marriage of the finest bourbons, ryes
& whiskeys, hand selected by Dave [Pickerell] himself. Each of the
whiskeys offer unique flavor that play a key role in the final
spirit. Predominately bourbon, the sweetness of BLACKENED
pairs perfectly with the savory spice offered by the
high rye composition.
Dave is renown for his whiskey finishes—an aspect he calls
“flavoring for adults”. By resting the whiskey in the barrel
of another spirit during the maturation phase, the whiskey
picks up some of the unique, residual flavors left behind in
the barrel. For BLACKENED, Dave chose to finish the whiskey
in black brandy casks. The result is an added apricot note that
plays perfectly alongside the honey and caramel tones of the
After the whiskeys have been combined in the black brandy
casks for finishing, they’re jolted back to life by the unmistakable,
earth-shattering music of Metallica. Using our proprietary
sonic-enhancement system BLACK NOISE™, the whiskey
is pummeled by sound, causing it to seep deeper into the barrel,
where it picks up additional wood flavor characteristics.
The process the whiskey undergoes is intense; the flavor
is anything but. The spirit has a warm, honey-amber color.
Burnt caramel, oak and honey are present on the nose, with
moderate hints of spice upon first taste. The flavor builds
with notes of honey, cinnamon, allspice, clove and mint, with
unexpected apricot lingering underneath. Expect a long and
smooth finish with slightly creamy hints of butterscotch taffy,
maple and honey.