Blackened x Wes Henderson


Classification: Straight Bourbon Finished in White Port Wine Casks

Company: Sweet Amber Distilling Co.

Distillery: Sourced from an undisclosed Kentucky distillery(ies)

Release Date: December 2022

Proof: 116.2

Age: 6 Years

Mashbill: Undisclosed

Color: Copper

MSRP: $100 (2023)

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White grape | Pear | Vanilla | Light oak | Mild baking spices | Touch of mint | Light overall


White grape | Raisin | Pear | Lemon citrus | Butterscotch | Acidic


Oak | Cinnamon | Spicy | Lingering peppery spice


An acidic palate and a peppery spice finish makes for a contrasting and unexpected whiskey.

Following Blackened x Willett, the first release in Blackened’s Masters of Whiskey Series, Blackened x Wes Henderson is a collaboration with the recently retired Angel’s Envy Co-Founder, Wes Henderson. Angel’s Envy is known for their port and rum finished whiskeys, so finishing with white port wine casks makes a lot of sense for this release. Being a Blackened product, the whiskey was subjected to Blackened’s Black Noise sonic enhancement process sending Metallica’s music through white port casks while the whiskey was being finished. In a rare turn of events for the whiskey business, Blackened x Wes Henderson saw a $40 drop in price compared to Blackened x Willett.

The nose is surprisingly light for this barrel proof bourbon. A hard swirl of the glass reveals a pleasant white grape and pear-filled aroma. It’s effective when you're able to pull it out, but it's definitely more subdued than it should be. The palate is like-minded with white grape and pear front and center. Interestingly, lemon citrus comes into play midpalate and adds a good deal of acidity to the whiskey. Far from detrimental, it adds a playful dynamic that few whiskeys exhibit. Not to be outdone, the finish adds a uniquely contrasting spicy note to the dram. Overall, Blackened x Wes Henderson is fascinating in how it contrasts itself in very unusual ways. It’s rare for whiskey to be acidic and then do a complete 180 into peppery spice. This doesn’t exactly translate into a cohesive whiskey; but in a way, how could it? It’s not for a lack of trying though, and while it's far from boring, you’ll enjoy your unexpected contrast it brings perhaps more than the whiskey itself.

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: Eric Hasman

January 16, 2023
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