Paid: $40 for 750ml
Distilled/Owned by: New Riff
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
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