Slipknot launches ‘farm-to-table’ whiskey

Jun 19, 2019by Owen Bellwood

American heavy metal band Slipknot have become the latest group to enter the spirits world, after partnering with Cedar Ridge Distillery to create No 9 Iowa Whiskey.

Slipknot and the Iowa-based distillery have launched the “farm-to-table” whiskey ahead of the release of the band’s latest album, We Are Not Your Kind. Made with a mashbill of 56% corn, 36% rye and 9% malted barley, the expression uses corn grown on the Cedar Ridge family farm. The “sweet and spicy” whiskey is available in bottlings at 45% and 49.5% abv to produce a “bold flavour” and create a “more robust, complex sipping whiskey”. Michael “Clown” Crahan, co-founder of Slipknot, said: “Slipknot and Cedar Ridge Distillery – two groups of people born and raised in Iowa, and committed to quality and hard work. 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. Live life, and always be safe.” The new whiskey will be available in two variants, No 9 Iowa Whiskey (45% abv), which will retail for US$39.99, and No 9 Reserve Iowa Whiskey (49.5% abv), which is priced at US$69.99. No 9 Iowa Whiskey will be available from 10 August at select retailers in all 50 states in the US and at the band’s headline Knotfest Roadshow North America tour. Slipknot is the latest band to release a whiskey brand, following Metallica who launched Blackened American Whiskey in 2018.