Blackened Cask Strength: Volume 01


Classification: Blend of Straight Whiskeys Finished in Black Brandy Casks

Company: Sweet Amber Distilling Co.

Distillery: Undisclosed

Release Date: May 2023 (Ongoing)

Proof: 122.85

Age: NAS

Mashbill: Undisclosed

Color: Copper

MSRP: $70 (2023)

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Dark fruit | Black raspberry | Vanilla | Toffee | Surprisingly light


Plum | Dark cherry | Black raspberry | Baking spices | Pie crust | Vanilla custard | Abundantly sweet | Rich & approachable


Peppery spice | Cinnamon | Raspberry jam | Brown sugar | Short


A higher proof brings more intensity and richness, but the whiskey remains highly drinkable none-the-less.

Blackened began as a project between the metal band Metallica and the late renowned master distiller, blender, and chemical engineer, Dave Pickerell, who passed away just after the launch of Blackened in 2019. Former head distiller of Stranahan’s, Rob Dietrich, has since taken over the role as Blackened’s master distiller.

Blackened has been released in cask strength batches, but until recently each has been a limited edition offered only as retailer “selects” or in select markets. Beginning in May 2023, Blackened began releasing Cask Strength as a standard product, designated by sequential volume numbers.

Each batch, or volume, is intended to be unique, offering a different flavor profile and coming in at varying proofs. Volume 01 is a surprisingly light, vibrant, and easy drinking whiskey considering the fact that its cask strength. Dark fruit, vanilla custard, and brown sugar are most prominent, with a mixture of spices and other flavors that lean sweet and weave their way throughout the whiskey. The finish is somewhat abrupt, which is typically a negative, but somehow it works for this whiskey making it all the more drinkable. All in all it’s a very approachable whiskey that anyone would be hard pressed to dislike.

The sample used for this review was provided to us at no cost courtesy its respective company. We thank them for allowing us to review it with no strings attached.
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Written By: Nick Beiter

August 21, 2023
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