(CelebrityAccess) Fred Minnick, senior contributor for dining and drinking at Forbes magazine, has tried Slipknot’s new No. 9 Whiskey and found it to his liking.
Slipknot is expected to unleash No. 9 – named after the number of bandmembers – nationwide in August. Meanwhile, Minnick says the Iowa-based group has brought out a quality product. It was developed by percussionist Shawn Crahan, known simply as “Clown,” who blended two expressions to create the whiskey.”
“If Clown decides to give up his musical career, he may have shot as whiskey blender, because the blends are good. In fact, Slipknot’s No. 9 single-handily puts Iowa whiskey on the map and is the best liquid distilled there.”
Crahan’s distilling partner is Cedar Ridge, the No. 3-selling bourbon in the Iowa market and Minnick writes that No. 9 could take the company into the national spotlight.
Some of Minnick’s tasting notes:
No. 9, 90 proof, $39.99
About: A blend of straight rye and straight bourbon mashed, fermented, distilled and aged at the Cedar Ridge Distillery. The blend is 60% bourbon (three to four years old; mashbill: 74% corn,14% malted rye, 12% malted barley) and 40% rye (three to four years old; mashbill: 51% rye, 34% malted barley, 15% corn and malted barley.)
It begins quite floral, with hints of honeysuckle and Lilly. Then, corn and caramel hit. On the palate, cornbread, jalapeño, apple butter and a hint of charred marshmallow. A lovely medium finish offers a hint of chocolate. This is very much a worthy everyday pour.
Score: 85 points