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The first release of New Riff’s Straight Bourbon is a dram ahead of its time.
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 Kentucky Straight Bourbon is taking a bit of a different approach. To begin with, this new and modern distillery is embracing the oldest of designations. Their Straight Bourbon (and Rye) has "Bottled In Bond" pressed into the glass. That means that the Spirit meets a bunch of specifications for strength, purity, and labeling and that this process is overseen by federal agents in their warehouse. This is uncommon at start-up craft distillers. The Bourbon has a mash bill of 65% corn, 30% Rye, and 5% malted barley that are certified 100% non-GMO. This Double-Gold winner is aged four year and bottled at 50% without chill-filtration, so let’s get the party started.
Appearance / Color
Nose / Aroma / Smell
On the nose you will find classic high-rye Bourbon notes of caramel and baking spices with a touch of currant.
Flavor / Taste / Palate
The palate opens up bright a rich — especially for a four-year-old — with notes of CrackerJacks, plenty of vanilla, mint, clove, and sweet oak.
The finish is long and warm with a peppery bite and a menthol sweetness on the back palate.
The Flavor Spiral™ shows the most common flavors that you'll taste in New Riff Kentucky Straight Bourbon and gives you a chance to have a taste of it before actually tasting it.
We invented Flavor Spiral™ here at Flaviar to get all your senses involved in tasting drinks and, frankly, because we think that classic tasting notes are boring.