Holly here. In September of this year (2022), I mapped out a Tennessee Distillery trip. There is so much happening down in Tennessee that gets overlooked when so much is also happening in Kentucky. As most of you know, New Riff is not in Tennesee, it is in northern Kentucky and quite the hike from Nashville. We got the call that we had an opportunity to select a New Riff Single Barrel and we had to jump on it. There are waiting lists for New Riff Single Barrels so I was able to get an extra day in during my trip to drive up to the distillery.
We walked through their single-barrel warehouse which is right down the road from the main distillery. About 5 or 6 single barrels were set aside for me to taste. They were all tasted blind. I didn’t know ABV, age, or cask number. All I knew was that they were all New Riff bourbon. New Riff is known for their high-rye Bourbon mashbill but I didn’t want something too spicy on the palate. We have a few “spicier” single barrels right now. I still wanted it to be in the New Riff zone though. When I tasted this barrel 11590 it was so explosive on the palate. Definitely has some spice but is surrounded by such a great mouthfeel. We hope you enjoy the mouthfeel of this one as much as we do!
New Riff Single Barrel Store Pick
ABV: 54.25% ABV
Mashbill: 65% corn, 30% rye, and 5% malted barley
Age: 4 years, 4 months
Bottles: 210 bottles
Holly’s Tasting Notes: It’s really good.
Charles’ Tasting Notes: He thinks it is really good too.