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Blackened Whiskey announces Cask Strength Program

Sweet Amber Distilling Co. has announced the launch of Blackened American Whiskey’s Cask Strength Program, releasing its debut Cask Strength Batch 106 expression. The series will offer a higher proof of the same blend of Bourbons and Rye as the brand’s original release.

Created by master distiller and blender Rob Dietrich, the limited-edition Batch 106 release is sonically enhanced by the S&M2 playlist in the Black Noise finishing process.

Blackened was launched in 2018 as part of a collaboration with Metallica and the late master distiller Dave Pickerell, created using a blend of Bourbon and rye whiskeys that have been aged for an average of eight years before being combined in black brandy casks. The cask strength expression is bottled at 110.7 proof.

“I’m excited to debut the first expression in our Cask Strength program with our fans and whiskey aficionados,” said Dietrich. “Metallica packs a punch with their performances, which is epitomized with the S&M2 album release. The Cask Strength version offers Blackened in its purest form while emulating the powerhouse musicians behind it.”

As with the rest of Batch 106, the Cask Strength version will be available in a commemorative box featuring original, Blackened x S&M2 Squindo artwork to celebrate the use of the S&M2 playlist in the sonic enhancement process.

Those that purchase Batch 106, either Cask Strength or standard, will have the opportunity to enter a sweepstakes to win a limited edition t-shirt featuring Squindo’s art from the S&M2 specialty pack. The contest began on October 14, 2020 and runs through November 14, 2020 with multiple winners selected on a daily basis. 

Blackened American Whiskey Batch 106 Cask Strength is available exclusively in Kentucky at Kroger Supermarkets and Tampa at Luekens Wine & Spirits with an SRP of $54.99. The brand will continue to roll out premium, limited-edition Cask Strength versions with each upcoming batch for the rest of 2020 and into 2021. 

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