Is Slipknot's new Whiskey any good? We tried it, and we think you'll like it.
We got our hands on a bottle of Slipknot's new whiskey, No. 9, and gave it a try before it is released this weekend in conjunction with their show at the State Fair. Brian Powers, firstname.lastname@example.org
Slipknot's new whiskey line launched this week as the Des Moines metal band gears up for its sold-out show Saturday at the Iowa State Fair Grandstand.
Made from a blend of Cedar Ridge Distillery bourbon and rye whiskey, the spirit is a collaboration between Skipknot founder and percussionist Shawn “Clown” Crahan and Cedar Ridge founder and owner Jeff Quint.
Fans can buy both expressions — the 90-proof No. 9 Iowa Whiskey ($39.99) and the 99-proof No. 9 Reserve ($69.99) — at stores beginning this week. The rollout coincides with the release of Slipknot's sixth album, "We Are Not Your Kind," and its Knotfest Roadshow North America tour.
“Slipknot and Cedar Ridge Distillery — two groups of people born and raised in Iowa and committed to quality and hard work," said Crahan. "We collaborated on No. 9 Whiskey, which in addition to Iowa corn, gets some extra spice from its rye content. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do.”
To celebrate the occasion, some in the Des Moines Register newsroom wanted to give No. 9 Iowa Whiskey a try since it has received early praise from some notable industry voices. The Register's panel included Courtney Crowder, Iowa columnist; Jake Kurtz, producer; Brian Taylor Carlson, food and dining reporter; and Chad Taylor, a freelance writer in Des Moines. Watch the video above to see what we thought.
Brian Taylor Carlson is the food and dining reporter at the Des Moines Register. Reach him at email@example.com or 515-284-8552 and follow @briantaylorcarlson on Facebook, @BriinDSM on Twitter and @briindsm on Instagram.