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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.

  • Selected by the Skurnik Spirits team and bottled exclusively for Skurnik (the distributor of New Riff)
  • Mash bill of 95% rye and 5% malted rye
  • Barrel # 11528

Brand Tasting Notes: The nose displays buttered biscuits, blackberry preserves, dried orange peels and dark chocolate. The palate is full-bodied with a rich and oily texture. Flavors of orange AND lime zest, butter crackers, timber, cocoa powder, and a slight bit of green, dilly rye spice.

  • Bottle Size750
  • DistilleryNew Riff
  • StyleRye Whiskey
  • RegionKentucky
  • Age4
  • ABV55.8%
  • Country of OriginUSA
  • Cask StrengthYes
  • Cask TypeNew Charred American Oak
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