New Riff Backsetter Peated Backset Bourbon

(0.75l, 50%)


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A great, high-rye Bourbon with the faintest hint of smoke rising along the beach.

Ken Lewis has been selling Spirits for more than thirty years. He owned and ran one of the most successful retail stores in the country — The Party Source in Bellevue, Kentucky. He sold the company to his employees in 2014 and used the funds to launch New Riff Distillery with co-founder Jay Erisman in Newport that same year — just across the river from Cincinnati, Ohio. As head distiller Brian Sprance was distilling Spirits and laying down casks for aging, they sourced Spirits from MGB in Indiana and sold them under the O.K.I. band (now retired). They are now releasing their own complete line of house-crafted Spirits and are an official stop on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail.

New Riff has delivered another winner in their new Backsetter range of Spirits. "Backset" is another way to say "sour mash" where a portion of the fermented mash from the previous batch is used to start the new batch.

Just like the Backsetter Rye, New Riff Backsetter Peated Backset Bourbon starts with their award-winning Bourbon, but with a serious twist. They have tweaked both the mash AND sour mash process. It’s still 65% corn, 30% Rye, and 5% malted barley. But the sour mash is only the malted barley part, and only that malted barley has been peated. We can’t think of ANYONE else doing it in this unique combo. But what you get is a richer, more complex, and more balanced experience in ways that are hard to express with words. You just got to taste it.

And as always, New Riff Spirits are bottled strong without chill filtering.

Smartass Corner:
There are two reasons distillers use the "backset" or "sour mash" process. The first is that it balances the Ph (acidity) better. The second is that — depending on the heating technique — it favors the previous yeast used, developing consistency between batches.
  • Category
  • Style
    Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • Region
  • Country
    United States
  • Alcohol
  • Distillery
    New Riff
  • Chill Filtered?

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Straight Bourbon must be matured for at least 2 years. If a bottle has no age statement, it’s at least 4 years old.

Tasting Notes

Appearance / Color
Dark Mahogany

Nose / Aroma / Smell
The aroma is rich caramel and baking spices and the faintest whiff of smoke.

Flavor / Taste / Palate
The palate is complex with sweet vanilla and mint at first followed by clove and cinnamon over a hint of peat that is as thin as a memory of the sea.

The finish is long and sweet with a distant puff of a pipe.
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