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BLACKENED X Wes Henderson Bourbon Review

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BLACKENED X Wes Henderson Bourbon Review - Bottle and Glass

X Wes Henderson
Masters of Whiskey Series
Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Finished in White Port Wine Casks
Cask Strength
116.2 Proof

Please enjoy our BLACKENED X Wes Henderson Bourbon Review!

A Collaboration between Wes Henderson, Co-Founder of Angel’s Envy, and BLACKENED American Whiskey Master Distiller and Blender Rob Dietrich

BLACKENED Is All About Collaboration

BLACKENED began as a collaboration between Master Distiller Dave Pickerell and the rock group Metallica. Since their inception they have been all about collaboration. BLACKENED X Wes Henderson is the second in their Masters of Whiskeys Series, the first being BLACKENED X Willett.

BLACK NOISE™ Sonic Enhancement Process

BLACKENED X Wes Henderson starts with a 6 year old Kentucky Straight Bourbon, which is then finished in White Port Wine Casks. BLACKENED utilizes sonic aging, where music is played at a very loud volume while the barrels are aging. There are a few distilleries that do this, but BLACKENED has a special name for their process: BLACK NOISE™ sonic enhancement process. Needless to say, the music played is by Metallica. These particular barrels listened to the same repeating 8 track set during their finishing process.

Tasting Notes – BLACKENED X Wes Henderson Bourbon Review

Let’s taste it:

🛏 Rested for 15 minutes in a Glencairn

👉🏻Nose: Sweet, sugar cookie, dark stone fruits like plums; raisin, and caramel, oak; cherry candy and pears; moderate alcohol
👉🏻Taste: Oak, caramel, brown sugar, black cherry soda
👉🏻Finish: Dark stone fruits continue, but there are some pears, too; spice builds rapidly and lingers; long finish with a noticeable burn

The nose is sweet; there’s lots of caramel and it’s fruit forward. A bit of richness is in there too, compliments of some sugar cookies in the background. In the taste, the flavors continue, but a surprising oakiness takes over the forefront. In the finish, the fruit and oak linger, with building spice and a moderate burn.

The Port Wine Finish Is Complementary

The white port wine finish is quite complementary to the bourbon, and not at all overpowering. That is a characteristic that I prefer in finished bourbons. Unfortunately, I find that many miss the mark. However, BLACKENED X Wes Henderson Bourbon, has hit the nail right on the head.

BLACKENED X Wes Henderson Bourbon Review - Bottle

If you enjoy a rich fruit forward complex bourbon, then BLACKENED X Wes Henderson is one your should try. It’s a bit pricey, so perhaps a pour in a bar is in order if you don’t want to just jump right in and splurge.

We hope you have enjoyed our BLACKENED X Wes Henderson Bourbon Review! Would you like to read about another finished bourbon? Check out our Bourbon Rabbi Honey Finished Bourbon review!

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