BLACKENED began as a collaborative effort between Metallica and Master Distiller & Blender Dave Pickerell. Sadly, Dave passed away in late 2018, shortly after the launch of BLACKENED. In 2019, Master Distiller Rob Dietrich joined the team as Master Distiller & Blender, and guardian of Dave’s legacy blend. As unapologetic masters of craft in their respective fields, they’ve built world-renowned legacies by carving out new spaces and bringing their singular, incendiary perspectives to everything they touch. Unlikely collaborators on the surface, their shared creative fire and dedication to craft make them anything but. Together, they’ve created BLACKENED – an unconventional whiskey of uncompromising quality.
Metallica is one of the most influential rock bands of all time. With massive success spanning over decades, they continue to break the mold — their way. As Co-Founders of BLACKENED, the band has led the brand’s charge into the spirits industry.
Dave was a legendary Master Distiller & Blender. As Co-Founder of BLACKENED, Dave set out to challenge the status quo with a super-premium blend of straight American whiskeys. Although Dave is no longer with us physically – his spirit lives on in the hearts of the BLACKENED family, and in his legacy whiskey.