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.


Holly’s Tasting Notes: Lemon & lime custard, rainbow sherbert with heavy vanilla. Some sweetened green tea and a dash of floral juniper but very soft due to the oak influence. The palate is velvety with more oak and vanilla with white pepper and lemon. I would drink this on the rocks or try it in a cocktail that typically uses whiskey just for fun!

  • Bottle Size750
  • DistilleryNew Riff
  • StyleGin
  • RegionNorth America
  • AgeNA
  • ABV47%
  • Country of OriginUnited States
  • Cask StrengthNo
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