• Category Bourbon
  • Country United States
  • Region Kentucky
  • Distillery New Riff
  • Style Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • Alcohol 50%
California residents: Click here for Proposition 65 WARNING.
  • vanilla
  • mint
  • clove
  • cinnamon
  • peaty
  • caramel
  • spicy
  • smoky
  • sweet

New Riff

Backsetter Peated Backset Bourbon (0.7l, 50%)

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Character Goatson
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 Bourbon
  • Country United States
  • Region Kentucky
  • Distillery New Riff
  • Style Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • Alcohol 50%
California residents: Click here for Proposition 65 WARNING.
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.

Finish
The finish is long and sweet with a distant puff of a pipe.
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The Flavor Spiral™ shows the most common flavors that you'll taste in New Riff Backsetter Peated Backset Bourbon and gives you a chance to have a taste of it before actually tasting it.

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  • vanilla
  • mint
  • clove
  • cinnamon
  • peaty
  • caramel
  • spicy
  • smoky
  • sweet
Dog Dogson's Smartass corner
Character Dogson
Bourbon only needs to be placed in a new oak container for a few seconds to be called Bourbon. Fresh from the still and unaged Bourbon is called a White Dog. Recently, many of the larger distillers have started packaging this harsh, clear grain spirit for sale.
Bourbon matures quicker than Scotch due to higher temperatures in American warehouses.
Bourbon Is a ''new barrel Spirit'': One of the legal requirements for Bourbon is that it only be aged in brand new oak charred barrels.
Bourbon rules refer to manufacturing methods rather than location. Bourbon must be matured in new and charred American white oak casks for at least 2 years. If the bottle has no age statement, the Bourbon is at least 4 years old. No coloring or flavoring of any type is allowed, and the mash bill must contain at least 51% corn.
Bourbon was declared "The Official Spirit of America" by an Act of Congress signed by President Lyndon Johnson in 1964.
Straight Bourbon must be matured for at least 2 years. If a bottle has no age statement, it’s at least 4 years old.
Dog Dogson's Smartass corner
Character Dogson
Bourbon only needs to be placed in a new oak container for a few seconds to be called Bourbon. Fresh from the still and unaged Bourbon is called a White Dog. Recently, many of the larger distillers have started packaging this harsh, clear grain spirit for sale.
Bourbon matures quicker than Scotch due to higher temperatures in American warehouses.
Bourbon Is a ''new barrel Spirit'': One of the legal requirements for Bourbon is that it only be aged in brand new oak charred barrels.
Bourbon rules refer to manufacturing methods rather than location. Bourbon must be matured in new and charred American white oak casks for at least 2 years. If the bottle has no age statement, the Bourbon is at least 4 years old. No coloring or flavoring of any type is allowed, and the mash bill must contain at least 51% corn.
Bourbon was declared "The Official Spirit of America" by an Act of Congress signed by President Lyndon Johnson in 1964.
Straight Bourbon must be matured for at least 2 years. If a bottle has no age statement, it’s at least 4 years old.
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