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Whisky Advocate: Blackened Whiskey Names Rob Dietrich As Master Distiller

Jun 4, 2019

Rob Dietrich, former head distiller for Stranahan’s in Colorado, is taking the helm as new master distiller and blender for Metallica’s Blackened whiskey (85 points). Although Dietrich comes to the role with a solid pedigree, he will be treading in some gargantuan footsteps—those of late distilling legend Dave Pickerell, who helped launch Blackened last year shortly before his death. Blackened strikes a new chord in the world of whiskey, blending a number of straight bourbons, ryes, and whiskeys sourced from across North America and subjecting them to proprietary “sonic enhancement” process, which uses Metallica songs to create sound waves that affect chemical reactions in the aging whiskey.

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