Bourbon Whiskey, Bottled in Bond, 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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Made in accordance with America’s 1897 Bottled-in-Bond Act, this Kentucky bourbon is comprised of a uniquely high-rye mash bill of 65% Corn (non-GMO), 30% Rye, and 5% Malted Barley. It’s aged a minimum of four years in 53-gallon toasted and charred American oak barrels, non-chill filtered, and bottled at 50% ABV. A full mouthfeel and a concentration of rye spices such as clove, cinnamon, mint, and dark berry lead into a jammy finish with hints of butterscotch and white pepper.