Rye Whiskey, Single Barrel, 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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Though made with the same sour mash regimen and unique mash bill of 95% Rye and 5% Malted Rye as New Riff’s core rye bottling, this single barrel selection boasts an individual flavor profile and proof. Non-chill filtered and aged a minimum four years, expect full and bold flavor with distinctive characteristics that will change with each barrel selected. Bottled at cask strength, ABV varies from batch to batch.