New Riff Backsetter Peated Backset Rye

(0.75l, 50%)


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New Riff’s stellar, award-winning Straight Rye with an ethereal hint of smoke and sea.

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.

Backsetter is a new range of Spirits from New Riff. The "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.

New Riff Backsetter Peated Backset Rye starts with their award-winning Rye and interesting 100% Rye formula of 95% rye grain and 5% malted rye (not barley). But in this case, the 5% malted rye mash was peated. The results are really interesting and a case study in distiller techniques — delivering a gentle smoked experience with a sweet and spicy dram. 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 Rye Whiskey
  • Region
  • Country
    United States
  • Alcohol
  • Distillery
    New Riff
  • Chill Filtered?

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Tasting Notes

Appearance / Color
Warm Amber

Nose / Aroma / Smell
The aroma is rich with Rye spices and toffee and a whiff of sweet smoke — as if a pipe were used two tables away.

Flavor / Taste / Palate
This tastes like New Riff Rye — the spice, toffee and fruits notes are there — but there is a distant campfire somewhere up the beach.

The finish is long and warm with a clinging of peat.
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