The whiskey world spews out new products at a breakneck pace. This single malt was matured in special port casks. That rye costs $500. This bourbon was flavored with wooden staves. That scotch contains the spit of the Loch Ness monster…and was also matured in special port casks. It’s hard to keep up with the releases. So let’s focus on the only one that matters right now: Alice in Chains, the grunge band born from ’90s Seattle, collaborated with Illinois’ FEW distillery on a brand-new bourbon.
The bourbon, called All Secrets Known after Alice in Chain’s 2009 song of the same name, was aged in tequila barrels for six months. This flips the script, as we’re more familiar with drinking tequila that’s aged in bourbon barrels. It was bottled at 101 proof—that’s strong—and is intriguingly described as bold, sweet, and spicy, with grassy undertones of agave. The bottle itself is seriously cool. The eye within the mouth is “a play on seeing all that’s been spoken,” artist and self-identified Alice in Chains fanboy Justin Helton said in a press release. The black-and-blue color scheme is a tribute to the album Black Gives Way to Blue, on which “All Secrets Known” can be found.
“For us distilling, like making music, is about having the courage to ask, ‘What if we…’ and being excited to find the answers—unlocking those secrets,” said FEW Spirits master distiller Paul Hletko, who worked with Warner Music Artist Services to make the bourbon happen. “Nobody sounds like Alice in Chains. We were inspired by their courage to create a sound that flouted convention.”
The extent to which Alice in Chains was involved in the process isn’t clear. They could’ve gone full Metallica, whose members educated themselves on whiskey-making before releasing their own music-enhanced whiskey last year, Blackened. They also could’ve simply lent their name to the product. Either way, they join a growing list of renowned musicians who make spirits. Renowned heavy metal band Slipknot made an Iowa whiskey. Renowned thrash metal band Slayer collaborated on a limited-edition Jägermeister. Renowned folk singer/harmonica player Bob Dylan opened his own Heaven’s Door distillery in Tennessee. You see the trend.
You can order All Secrets Known bourbon online at Reserve Bar for $75. So yeah, it’ll put you down in the hole, so to speak. But it’ll also be unlike any bourbon you’ve sipped before.
Source : Esquire