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Blackened X Rabbit Hole Collaboration - Masters of Whiskey Series 2023 - Review

The Details

Blackened X Rabbit Hole

A Blend of Straight Bourbon Whiskeys

Finished in Calvados Casks

No Age Statement (NAS)

Distilled in Tennessee & Kentucky

Bottled by Sweet Amber Distilling Co.

Columbus, Ohio

Non-Chill Filtered (NCF)

106.59 Proof


Tennessee: 64% Corn, 36% Rye

Kentucky: 70% Corn, 25% Malted Rye, 5% Malted Barley

Price: $140-150

Poured Neat in a Copita Nosing Glass

Appearance: Amber

Nose: Apricot, Baking Spices, Vanilla and Honey

Palate: Cinnamon, Brown Sugar, Dried Apricots, Buttercream and Walnuts

Finish: Medium to long finish with a peppery spice

Overall: The Masters of Whiskey Series from Blackened continues with this 2023 release. Crafted from a 13-Year Tennessee Bourbon and Rabbit Hole's Heigold High-Rye, Double-Malt Kentucky Straight Bourbon, then finished in Calvados Casks.

The first thing that comes to mind with this impressive collaboration is Warm Cinnamon Rolls with walnuts. It immediately brings me back to walking through the mall and stopping at Cinnabon for a fresh cinnamon roll and a Mochalatta Chill. It's quite funny how a scent or a flavor can spark these memories. Because, just across from Cinnabon was Sam Goody. I purchased my very first Metallica cassette tape from that very store. Coincidence? I think it was meant to be.

I've always been a fan of Rabbit Hole as well. I had the unique opportunity to go to the distillery a few times and select a delicious Dareringer Cask Strength Single Barrel. The notes from the PX Sherry were something special. A state of the art distillery with some great folks running the show, it's hard not to fall in love with what they're doing in Louisville. Sure, this is a different finish, but the baseline is set and hits just right.

Do you know the story of Blackened? Do you happen to be a fan of Metallica? Check it out HERE

I'd like to thank the great folks at Blackened for shooting me this sample. It truly is delicious. Rock On!

Library Rating: 8.0 / 10


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