Metallica and Blackened American Whiskey Releases Their 2024 Edition of Their “Rye The Lightning” Whiskey, Now Shipping to Europe

Introducing the 2024 edition of Rye the Lightning™, available now! This limited-edition release follows the highly acclaimed 2022 edition of Rye The Lightning, which received a coveted spot on Whisky Advocate’s 2022 Top 20 Most Exciting Whiskies of the World, among numerous other awards. Just like its predecessor, the 2024 edition of Rye the Lighting was inspired by Metallica’s 6x platinum sophomore album, Ride the Lightning.

The 2024 edition of Rye The Lightning is crafted from a blend of straight rye whiskeys hand-selected by BLACKENED Master Distiller & Blender, Rob Dietrich. The whiskeys are vatted and transferred for finishing to Madeira wine and Caribbean rum casks for 2-14 weeks each, where they undergo BLACKENED’s proprietary BLACK NOISE™ sonic-enhancement process. Rye The Lightning is non-chill filtered and bottled at 92 proof.

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What The Team Has To Say

“When we launched the first edition of Rye The Lighting in 2022, I knew we had something special,” says Rob. “I tried to capture some of the innovative magic of the first expression, but with a slightly new spin by upping the proof a couple of notches.”


“They say that lightning never strikes twice, but the second release of Rye The Lightning proves otherwise,” says Metallica’s lead guitarist, Kirk Hammett. “Rob captured the spirit of our Ride The Lightning album with the award-winning first batch. And now, with the 2024 edition, we are excited to take our fans on that ‘Ride’ once again.”


Now Shipping To Europe

Our non-chill filtered blend of straight rye whiskeys has notes of green apple, barn hay, caramel, and banana bread on the nose with pear, honeysuckle, muscovado, almond, cinnamon, sawn-wood, and waffle cone on the palate.


Rye The Lightning is now shipping to the US, UK, and Europe. Grab yours before they’re all gone!


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