Alice in Chains launches Tequila barrel-finished Bourbon

Oct 14, 2019by Owen Bellwood

Chicago-based distillery Few Spirits has partnered with American rock band Alice in Chains on a new Bourbon finished in ex-Tequila barrels, called All Secrets Known.

Few spirits master distiller Paul Hletko collaborated with Jerry Cantrell, Sean Kinney, Layne Staley, Mike Inez and William DuVall from the band to create the Bourbon, which was finished for six months in ex-Tequila barrels. Hletko said: “There are no two spirits that have a closer association with rock and roll than whiskey and Tequila. Bringing together elements of both, but in an unconventional, innovative way, is an illustration of what we try to do every time we distil a new product.” Bottled at 50.5% ABV, All Secrets Known takes its name from the opening track of the band’s 2009 release Black Gives Way to Blue and features a custom-designed label by artist Justin Helton. “Alice in Chains is part of one of very few movements that can be legitimately credited with shapeshifting an entire culture, beginning with their first album, Facelift,” added Hletko. “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. Nobody sounds like Alice In Chains. We were inspired by their courage to create a sound that flouted convention and thought, ‘there are lots of Tequilas finished in Bourbon barrels, but it’s rare to find a widely-available Bourbon finished in Tequila barrels. Let’s do that instead’.” All Secrets Known is described as bold, sweet, and spicy”, with grassy agave undertones. The new Bourbon is available to buy in California, Colorado, Illinois, New York and Washington online through for US$75 per 750ml bottle.