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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.
Comprised of 6 different mashbills and matured in a mixture of casks
The six mashbills include:
· 100% Maris Otter, a classic British ale malt
· 100% Golden Promise, a classic Scotch whisky malt
· Barleywine-style, after high gravity, heavy bodied barleywine ales
· Belgian quadrupel-style, in the fashion of rich, mellow Trappist ales
· 100% Scottish peated barley malt, heavily smoked and pungent
· 100% Chevallier Heirloom malted barley, an 1820s-vintage English variety
Brand Tasting Notes:
Nose: Broad, deep and heady, with many barrel notes (oaky, sherried oak, toasty); with time, it develops rich malty fruity grains; a splash of water advances complicated grainy detail, showing grassy-mineral malt, dark fruit cacao nibs, orange-lemon citrus, and a wisp of smoke and ozone.
Palate: Straight-up, the oak is forward and layered (oloroso sherry, red wine, brandy, new oak), chewy texture, and drying but not tannic; with water, a strikingly juicy entry, bright fruit and citrus peel; it is dryish and tinged with sweetening fruits; a BIG Kentucky-style body, savory-soft thick-cut texture with red and dark fruit, cocoa powder, grassy-nutty malt, a shading of sherry oak and a suggestion of smoke.
Finish: Exceptionally zesty, even delicate, the fruited (raspberry, tangerine rind, bergamont-orange) components lifted up in a whiskey-ozone-air and framed with the sherry-branded oak, late lemon curd and a vanishing air-kiss of peat smoke.
- Bottle Size750
- DistilleryNew Riff
- StyleAmerican Single Malt
- Year Bottled2023
- Country of OriginUSA
- Cask StrengthYes
- Cask TypeNew Charred American Oak