I try to keep myself up to date on all the happenings in the bourbon world, and for the past few months I have heard a lot about a newcomer to the bourbon game, the New Riff Distillery. This company opened its doors in Newport, Kentucky back in 2014 and I heard a lot of people talking about the upcoming release of its 4-year bottled-in-bond bourbon. The first release came in August of this year and while not sold in Florida (yet), I was able to snag a bottle last month when I was up in Kentucky.
The mashbill consists of 65% Corn, 30% Rye, and 5% Malted Barley. I have also heard that all of these ingredients are non-GMO. This bourbon comes in at 100 proof (50% abv).
Appearance – rich, golden amber.
Nose – the nose is crisp and fresh. There is a heavy butterscotch aroma, with hints of cinnamon, oak, and spice.
Palate – the rye presents itself quickly as there is a sharp spice on the palate that is consistent with a younger bourbon. The spice makes way to clove and cinnamon, with some very soft sweetness developing.
Finish – The bourbon has a long, spicy finish from the heavy rye. There are notes of black cherry, vanilla, cinnamon, and very light oak. Add a drop or two of water to this bourbon to mellow the spice and bring out more of the sweetness.
Overall – there is a lot to like about the New Riff Distillery. They are following the time-honored traditions of the bourbon industry while also taking the initiative to be bold and create their own unique spirits. Ultimately, this bourbon is flavorful and very drinkable for only $40/bottle. If this bourbon is a taste of things to come from New Riff, there is a lot to be excited about in the future!