Slipknot is going back to their home state to turn the famous Iowa corn into something much more exciting: whiskey.
The craft spirit is named after the number of members in the band, despite their refusal to unveil who the ninth member actually is… No. 9 Iowa Whiskey will be available in select retailers in all 50 states. Developed with the award-winning Cedar Ridge Distillery, the whiskey is already receiving rave reviews.
Forbes contributor and bourbon curator Fred Minnick describes notes of cinnamon, caramel, and honeysuckle across the two blends. No. 9 is a 90 proof that retails for $39.99, and No. 9 Reserve is a 99 proof that retails for $69.99.
“I really appreciate the process, the taste and everything that goes behind what whiskey really is,” Percussionist Shawn "Clown" Crahan tells Forbes of his more recently-discovered love for the spirit. “You know, it's more of a luxury for myself than when I was younger.”
Clown has been fully involved in the process, developing it as a sincere passion rather than just slapping the trusted and beloved band’s name on a bottle. While many fans think the combination makes perfect sense, others have pointed out the hypocrisy in supporting Corey Taylor’s sobriety while using alcohol as merchandise.