Blackened Batch 082

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
American Whiskey
Distillery Bottling
Black Brandy Casks
45.0 % Vol.
750 ml
Bottle code
20180827 BT01
us United States
Added on
05 oct 2018 2:47 pm by Norbs

Average value

€ 43.41

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21 × member ratings

70 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Blackened Batch 082

4 users have left 4 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 82.95 points.

  1. markjedi1 scored this whisky 74 points Connoisseur


    This Straight American Whiskey is released by the famous metal band Metallica. It was composed by Dave Pickerell (who passed away in November 2018) who was the Master Distiller at Maker’s Mark for many years and also put WhistlePig on the map. It is a blend of bourbon, rye and whiskies from all four corners of the states. It was finished in cognac casks! The Blackened refers to the patented Black Noise, which means the heavy metal music of Metallica is played in the warehouses to influence the spirit in the casks. The tremors the music causes impacts each cask differently. Batch 82 – the one in my glass – is the last batch that was made by Dave Pickerell.

    Wood shavings, apples, dark caramel and candied oranges: that’s the nose of this whiskey in a nutshell. Then some raspberry and rose petals appear alongside some mint and aniseed. Unfortunately I also get quite a bit of hand soap.

    On the palate it is very sweet on caramel, honey and… ouch! The soap becomes veritable shampoo. While mint and bakery spices try to salvage the palate a bit, for me this session is over. Some bitter oranges kick in, but they cannot counter the soapy taste I my mouth.

    The finish is medium long and spicy, but leaves a very unpleasant soapy and sticky feeling in my mouth.

    What a let-down. Nice story, but the whiskey leaves a lot to be desired in my book.

  2. thijs100 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Certainly a solid whiskey, and at good value, it seems (if you're buying in the States, that is).
    • Nose
      A hint of oranges and aniseed, as well as resin and oak shavings. Touches of sweet fudge and dark caramel as well. Finally a whiff rose petals and strawberries.
    • Taste
      A hint of menthol, alongside some wood spices. Although I have to say the arrival is quite sweet. Honeycomb, caramel. Some bitter orange peel too, as well as charred oak.
    • Finish
      Lots of oak and spices. Medium in length.

  3. Rien scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      84 84

  4. KayMeertens scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
      Raspberry, blackberry, apple and a whiff of gorgonzola.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Blackberry, mint, apple and grape. Young but tasty.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Blackberry, caramel, apple, cocoa and fig.


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