Review: New Riff Rye

Paid: $40 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: New Riff

Region: Kentucky

50% ABV

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

Mashbill: 95% rye, 5% malted rye

Cask Type: New charred oak

Chill Filtered: No

Color: Chestnut

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Orange rinds and citrus, pepper and brunt oak, marzipan, cherry, and spices

Feel: Medium body

Taste: Lots of citrus and fruit, vanilla, rye, sweet chili peppers, oak, mint, and sweet tobacco

Finish: Medium warmth and good length, The sweet fruitiness is balanced by rye and pepper spice.

Thoughts: I am blown away by how sweet and fruity this is for a 100% rye mashbill. This is on quality level with the stuff the big guys are putting out and a nice alternative to ryes on the market.

Score: 82 out of 100

Review: New Riff Single Barrel Bourbon

Paid: $50 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: New Riff

Region: Kentucky

55.85% ABV

Aged For: NAS, minimum 4-Years

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

Cask Type: New charred oak

Chill Filtered: No

Color: Tawny

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Caramel, vanilla, oak, bits of cherry, citrus, pepper, and rye

Feel: Medium to full bodied

Taste: Butterscotch, vanilla, toffee, green oak, rye, cinnamon, and herbal notes

Finish: Medium warmth and medium to long lasting, leather, pepper, oak, caramel, vanilla, tobacco, and clove

Thoughts: Hits all the notes of a traditional bourbon profile, being heavy on vanilla, oak, and rye spices. Solid mouthfeel and finish too boot.

Score: 80 out of 100

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