Metallica's signature "Blackened" whiskey has been around for a few years now, but ever since James Hetfield's return to rehab in the fall of 2019, some have questioned the integrity of the decision to continue the liquor line. Kirk Hammett has defended the whiskey, noting that the two should not be compared.
“You can’t compare the two things. James’s struggle to get dry is a completely personal matter mentally and emotionally," the guitarist told the Daily Star. "The fact that we produce, bottle and sell alcohol is totally independent of this. It is completely up to you whether you drink or not. And I think I can sell what I want. If I were a diabetic, that wouldn’t mean that I couldn’t sell sweets.”