Review: New Riff Bourbon

Paid: $40 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: New Riff

Region: Kentucky

50% ABV

Aged For: 4 Years, distilled Spring 2015, bottled spring 2019

Mashbill: 65% corn, 30% rye, 5% barley

Cask Type: New charred oak

Chill Filtered: No

Color: Burnished

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Young green oak, sawdust, herbal, pepper, cinnamon, honey, and sort of a dry caramel

Feel: Medium body

Taste: Vanilla, corn, caramel, cinnamon, chocolate, peanut butter, and just a touch of that herbal-ness from the nose

Finish: Medium warmth and length, lots of caramel and vanilla, and the sawdusty oak notes from the nose.

Thoughts: The nose smells of young craft bourbon, but the taste doesn’t reflect that. While I don’t like this as much as say Heaven Hills BiB products or Wild Turkey, it’s nice to finally try something from a new craft producer who isn’t taking shortcuts or releasing sub-par whisky.

Score: 76 out of 100

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