Do not do antics around Slipknot No. 9 Whiskey is really good

Do not do antics around Slipknot No. 9 Whiskey is really good
The celebrity-backed spirits are all these days, but few really involve the celebrity doing something. That is not the case with No. 9, a new whiskey from Iowa, from the popular heavy metal band Slipknot, known for wearing scary masks that combine with their avant-garde sound.

Percussionist Shawn Crahan, a.k.a "Clown", actually combined the two expressions of No. 9-No. Reserve 9 and No. 9. If Clown decides to give up his musical career, he may have fired as a whiskey blender, because the mixes are good. In fact, Slipknot No. 9 puts Iowa whiskey on the map and is the best liquid distilled there. Named for the number of members of the band, the number 9 will be available throughout the country from August.

Fred Minnick Tasting Notes

No. 9, test 90, $ 39.99

About: A blend of straight rye and straight bourbon puree, fermented, distilled and aged in the Cedar Ridge Distillery. The mixture is 60% bourbon (three to four years, the mashed bill: 74% corn, 14% malted rye, 12% malted barley) and 40% rye (three to four years; puree: 51% rye, 34% malted barley, 15% corn and malted barley.)

Start to remove the floral, with notes of honeysuckle and Lilly. Then, he hit corn and candy. On the palate, cornbread, jalapeƱo, apple butter and a touch of charred marshmallow. A lovely medium finish offers a touch of chocolate. This is very worthy of a daily spill.

Score: 85 points

Reserve No. 9, test 99, $ 69.99

About: the same mash bills and mix percentages as above. But the minimum age in barrels is 4 years.

Think of cinnamon, cloves, butter, and oak. As it reaches the palate, it covers it with this goodness, almost buttery, drips down the side of the cheeks and warms up everywhere. There is a comfort here, like cornbread, with notes of fried apple pie, apricot, and a macaroni. Ends medium to long with a touch of banana breeding.

Score: 89

While rock stars have wanted whiskey, this is the first time the current rocker did the job. And Clown's work could very well be the push that his distilling partner, Cedar Ridge, needs to reach the national hotbeds.

While Cedar Ridge, headquartered in Iowa, is the number 3 bourbon in sales in the Iowa market and has been distilling since 2005, it lacks a national moment and adds to the conversation about Iowa whiskey that often begins and ends with the Templeton class action lawsuit.

With the weight of Iowa whiskey on his shoulders, Clown called for a telephone interview while on his European tour.

How long have you been in the whiskey range?

As you get older, your tastes and smells change. Somewhere about 10 years ago, my taste for whiskey changed to where I could really taste it, enjoy it and truly understand it. I really appreciate the process, the taste and all that is behind what whiskey really is. You know, it's more of a luxury to me than when I was younger.

How do you drink your whiskey?

I'm from the old school: I like a couple of ice cubes, a small glass, and just a sip. I take my time, but definitely, I like the cold.

What is your element in which you usually drink good things?

Probably in my houseboat alone, enjoying. It is a kind of personal thing. It really is not something I do with a lot of people because of how much I enjoy it. Do you know what I mean? It is a comforting creature. I like to finish my day, take off my shoes, be in private and the glass to be nice and cold and the bottle nice and cold.

I know they all started their own brand, but do they have a favorite that they visit regularly?

I had been a boy of Jack Daniel until recently. The things on Cedar Ridge are wonderful and beautiful.

Slipknot has been around for a long time. Has your whiskey played a role in the history of the band?

We have all gone through our phases. I can not really speak for anyone but myself, but as we grew up we were just doing the kind of things you did in Rock and Roll, good or bad.

Why start a whiskey?

Why not? I start everything I want to do everything, but I'm not like many people who simply do things to do it. I have to have a quality base. I do not eat directly in anything in this world for money. I do it for the quality to give people something new. It's like being in music.

We are proud to bring our new music every four years. After we write an album, we travel the world. We are proud to do that, you know. The same with whiskey: I am proud to be able to give our fans and the rest of the world a whiskey of excellent quality and with Cedar Ridge.