Barrel Aged Gin, New Riff Distilling
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 an 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.
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This aged expression of New Riff’s Kentucky WiId Gin is rested in freshly used New Riff Bourbon barrels for 5–7 months, achieving a mellowing note of vanilla oak. Kentucky Wild Gin is thoughtfully crafted with local, wild foraged Kentucky botanicals, capturing the native flavors of the Ohio Valley and reflecting historical Kentucky gin ingredients. Twelve botanicals are distilled right in the pot, including a range of typical European gin ingredients (such as angelica, orris and licorice root, and three kinds of citrus). To these are added two local, hand foraged seasonings—a wild juniper berry and the amazing American Spicebush—plus a dash of Kentucky’s state flower, goldenrod. New Riff Kentucky Wild Gin Bourbon Barreled works beautifully in a Gin Old Fashioned or a classic Martinez. Non-chill filtered and 47% ABV.