After a few years of anticipation, Castle & Key will finally open their doors to all the general public with tours available for presale starting Sep 19th. Link to book a tour here. Haven’t heard of Castle & Key? Read the article here to find out more!
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Metallica has teamed up with Master Distiller Dave Pickerell (Maker’s Mark, Whistle Pig, Oak View Spirits) to release a “blend of straight whiskeys finished in black brandy casks.” The premise is taking bourbon as the base, marrying with rye (46% composition), and other whiskey before being placed into black brandy casks.
The finishing process takes place in a rick house using “BLACK NOISE” a “sonic-enhancement” system where the whiskey ages and is hit by sound (playlist of course consists of Metallica) and supposedly enhances the interaction between the whiskey and the barrel. American Brandy producer Copper and Kings has been using something very similar to age their line of brandies in Louisville, KY. Ultimately it will be an interesting experiment.
Tasting notes from the website are as follows: “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.”
Each batch will consist of 5,000 bottles and will have the playlist used to create it available
on the website above as well as on Spotify and Apple Music. First batch will be labeled 81 in honor of the year Metallica started as a band. Bottled at 90 proof, the whiskey will be released selectively across the US starting this week and available online at thinkliquor.com and spiritedgifts.com (remember not all states allow shipping of alcohol) for around $50 to $60 depending on the market.