The Cartel Hour
The Cartel Hour
Jul 8, 2020
Cartel Hour by Cask Cartel 22: Metallica's Blackened Whiskey with Lars Ulrich and Rob Dietrich
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Metallica is one of the most influential bands of all time, so it would have been easy to slap a label on some average whiskey and rake in the money. Instead they combined creative forces with the legendary Dave Pickerell to create Blackened Whiskey, a blend of many whiskeys from all over the country and finished in Black Brandy barrels. After Dave’s passing, Master Distiller Rob Dietrich, most notable for his previous work at Stranahan’s in Colorado, joined Sweet Amber Distilling to continue Dave’s legacy culminating in Batch 100 limited edition boxed set where he was the one to pick the entire setlist of the Metallica songs blasted into the whiskey as it aged.

We chat the history of Blackened with Lars Ulrich and Rob Dietrich on this rockin episode, with stories from back in the day to now, along with exactly how each batch is created. We also touch on Metallica’s philanthropic foundation All Within My Hands. We also talk exactly what we think of the whiskey and take Lars and Rob’s opinions as well.


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Metallica Blackened:


Metallica Blackened 100 Box Set:


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Learn more about Metallica’s Blackened American Whiskey


Learn more about Metallica’s All Within My Hands Non-Profit and Donate:

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Thank you everyone for listening and remember to drink responsibly, and in good company.

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