Founded in 2014 by Ken Lewis, a Kentucky liquor retailer, and entrepreneur, New Riff crafts a range of whiskies with a focus on Bourbon and Rye as well as Kentucky Wild Gin. Independently and family-owned, the freedom from outside pressures and interests has allowed New Riff to set meaningful standards of quality, distinguishing them amongst the ranks of Kentucky Sour Mash Whiskey distilleries. Although some of their practices are not necessarily new to the world of whiskey, it is unusual to find a distillery adhering simultaneously to so many traditional methods and with such attention to detail. Sourcing non-GMO grains, using mineral-rich water from an aquifer below the distillery, allowing slow and open fermentation, distilling in copper only, and leaning heavily upon the strict stipulations of Bottled-in-Bond production, New Riff cuts no corners. Therefore, it’s no surprise that the accolades for this small distillery continue to grow.


Balboa Rye Grain is a rare, heirloom grain that is grown specifically for New Riff and this release. The grain dates back to the 1940s and was commonly used for whiskey production. Not as common anymore and grown for New Riff on the Fogg Family Farm in Indiana.

Tasting Notes from the brand: Notes of red and blue fruit along with piquant spice. 95% Balboa Rye / 5% Malted Barley / At least 4 years old

  • Bottle Size750
  • DistilleryNew Riff
  • StyleRye Whiskey
  • RegionKentucky
  • AgeNA
  • ABV50%
  • Country of OriginUnited States
  • Cask StrengthNo
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