It’s more than a whiskey. BLACKENED is a testament
to the creative process, to the hard work and determination
required to make something from nothing.
It’s a monument to the ones who charge into the fray and
come out the otherside stronger, together. Fueled by decades
of creative passion, BLACKENED is a distillation of the
incomparable bond between the band and their community of fans.
BLACKENED is a collaborative effort between Metallica
and Master Distiller Dave Pickerell. 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
Formed in 1981 in Los Angeles, California by drummer Lars Ulrich
and vocalist/guitarist James Hetfield, Metallica has relentlessly
pushed the boundaries of music for over three decades. Considered
one of the most influential bands of all time, Metallica has picked up
nine Grammys and 23 nominations, with over 125 million albums sold
worldwide. Along with longtime lead guitarist Kirk Hammett
and bassist Robert Trujillo, Metallica continues to tour the
world playing to sold-out arenas from Asia to the UK,
Lisbon to Los Angeles.
Dave Pickerell was an award-winning Master Distiller
and all-around distilling expert. Over the course of his career,
Dave built and maintained some of the world’s most noted
distilleries. Perhaps most widely known for his tenure as
Master Distiller of Maker’s Mark, he established a stand-alone
name for himself with his vanguard rye whiskey, Whistle Pig.
Among connoisseurs, Dave was highly regarded for the unique
finishes that give his whiskeys a character of their own.