New Riff Balboa Rye
  • Category Rye
  • Country United States
  • Region Kentucky
  • Distillery New Riff
  • Age 4 Year Old
  • Style Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey
  • Alcohol 50%
California residents: Click here for Proposition 65 WARNING.
  • oak
  • honey
  • fruit
  • spicy
  • sweet
  • clove
  • nutmeg
  • smooth

New Riff

Balboa Rye (0.75l, 50%)
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The first specialty Whiskey from New Riff guys.

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 MGP 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 Balboa Rye is the first specialty Whiskey these guys made. It’s also the first Balboa Rye Whiskey that’s been made in decades probably and the only one you can find on the market today. Now that’s special. Made with Balboa rye, which is a bit smaller than modern varieties, that was sourced from their corn farmer Charles Fogg, this lovely Whiskey offers you notes of spiced fruit that are different from their flagship New Riff Rye. With a mash bill of 95% heirloom Balboa rye and 5% malted rye, this barrel-proof expression was aged for 4 years to deliver a very well-rounded and full-bodied palate with lots of spiced fruit compote flavors.

  • Category Rye
  • Country United States
  • Region Kentucky
  • Distillery New Riff
  • Age 4 Year Old
  • Style Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey
  • Alcohol 50%
California residents: Click here for Proposition 65 WARNING.

Appearance / Color
Brilliant orange

Nose / Aroma / Smell
Clean ripe oak, honeyed fruits, rye fruits, and spice.

Flavor / Taste / Palate
Rounded and full-bodied with unique flavors of spiced fruit compote.

Finish
Very long with the fruits subtly shaded with many spices like clove, wintergreen, and nutmeg.

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  • oak
  • honey
  • fruit
  • spicy
  • sweet
  • clove
  • nutmeg
  • smooth
Dog Dogson's Smartass corner
Character Dogson
Rye - think of it as Bourbon's edgier cousin. It’s known for what many call a spicy or fruity flavor. Rye (distilled from at least 51% Rye) is not on the sweet side and tends to have a spicier body. That’s why the character of a cocktail made from Rye, instead of Bourbon, is drier.
George Washington famously loved his Rye Whiskey. In fact, after he served as the first president of the United States, he returned to his farm at Mount Vernon and started a small Rye distillery of his own.
Rye sparked the first revolution after the American Independence. It was called the Whiskey Rebellion, and it arose when the government tried to tax Whiskey and enforce the taxation on distillers. The lesson here? Don't mess with a Whiskey drinker's dram.
A decade ago there were only 6 brands of Rye Whiskey hailing from Kentucky, nowadays there are more than 50!
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Dog Dogson's Smartass corner
Character Dogson
Rye - think of it as Bourbon's edgier cousin. It’s known for what many call a spicy or fruity flavor. Rye (distilled from at least 51% Rye) is not on the sweet side and tends to have a spicier body. That’s why the character of a cocktail made from Rye, instead of Bourbon, is drier.
George Washington famously loved his Rye Whiskey. In fact, after he served as the first president of the United States, he returned to his farm at Mount Vernon and started a small Rye distillery of his own.
Rye sparked the first revolution after the American Independence. It was called the Whiskey Rebellion, and it arose when the government tried to tax Whiskey and enforce the taxation on distillers. The lesson here? Don't mess with a Whiskey drinker's dram.
A decade ago there were only 6 brands of Rye Whiskey hailing from Kentucky, nowadays there are more than 50!
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