Episode 92 – Metallica Blackened American Whiskey Distiller Rob Dietrich

Dietrich is oversees production of the brand

In 2018, Metallica launched its own brand of whiskey called Blackened American Whiskey. In honor of the 30th anniversary of their iconic self-titled album, widely known as The Black Album, Blackened American Whiskey has released a limited edition The Black Album Whiskey Pack. A true collector’s item for both whiskey enthusiasts and Metallica fans alike, the pack features a 750ml bottle of Batch 114 finished with Blackened’s proprietary Black Noise sonic-enhancement process tuned to the songs of The Black Album. The pack also includes a collectible whiskey coin and the Snakebyte Cocktail Booklet, featuring riffs of the classic whiskey “Snake Bite” drink created by some of today’s rock star bartenders from across the country, and named after James Hetfield’s Signature ESP Snakebyte Guitar.

We celebrate this 4th of July with a true patriot and Army vet Rob Dietrich, Master Distiller & Blender of Blackened American Whiskey, who took joined the fold after the passing of original distiller Dave Pickerell in 2019. Dietrich has more than 13 years of experience and oversees the sourcing, blending, and cask finishing of barrels for each batch of Blackened American Whiskey. Dietrich is responsible for every aspect of production and is committed to maintaining the original recipe, artisanal methods, and handcrafted approach to creating world-class whiskey.

Dietrich chats with us about The Black Album Whiskey Pack, the brand’s sonic enhancement process and his career.

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Buddy Iahn
Buddy Iahn

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