Just as BLACKENED® was born from the masterful collaboration between legendary Master Distiller Dave Pickerell and Metallica, the BLACKENED X Willett Kentucky Straight Rye was re-mastered in collaboration by Master Distiller & Blender Rob Dietrich of Sweet Amber Distilling Co. and Master Distiller Drew Kulsveen of Willett Distillery, Bardstown, KY. The BLACKENED X Willett collaboration features Kentucky Straight Rye from Willett’s award-winning distillery and more specifically from their Family Estate Selection. The barrels were hand-selected by Drew and Rob during the tasting and selection process in Kentucky. The result is a uniquely balanced flavor profile. The rye whiskey is finished in Madeira casks, during the course of which we apply the BLACK NOISETM patent-pending sonic-enhancement process. Drew and Rob jointly selected the Metallica playlist, which is arranged by Lars Ulrich, Metallica cofounder and drummer. The finished whiskey is bottled at cask strength.