Metallica members Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett and James Hetfield helped celebrate the launch of their new whiskey, Blackened, at a rooftop event at Charmaine’s in San Francisco on Thursday night (December 6th). Throughout the evening, guests were guided through immersive sensory tasting sessions where they could experience the role the sense play and the music that forged the whiskey.
Dave Pickerell, the acclaimed master distiller and blender behind Blackened, deployed a patent-pending, “sonic-enhancement” process that he called “Black Noise” that actually used Metallica’s music to help “shape the flavor” of the whiskey. Pickerell, who passed away last month, said in an interview before his death that the vibrations from the music helped the liquor pull extra flavors out of its wooden casks.
Metallica’s first-ever spirit was dubbed Blackened after the opening track on the band’s 1988 album . . . And Justice For All. The spirit is a blend of American bourbon, rye, and whiskey. Blackened was rolled out in California, Wisconsin, New York and Florida for a suggested retail price of $43.
Metallica has just started a holiday break from touring but will return for more North American dates in the first quarter of 2019, starting on January 16th at the Forum in Los Angeles where the band will participate in a tribute concert to the late Chris Cornell.
Story source: Blabbermouth
SIDE NOTES: Former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted is having his first solo art show presented in Miami during Art Basel, which runs from December 3rd to January 4th at the Sagamore Hotel. The exhibit is a survey of more than 12 years of work, which began in 2005 when Newsted started painting as he recovered from a series of shoulder injuries and surgeries that left him unable to play bass.