New Riff Kentucky Straight Bourbon
  • Category Bourbon
  • Country United States
  • Region Kentucky
  • Distillery New Riff
  • Age 4 Year Old
  • Style Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • Alcohol 50%
California residents: Click here for Proposition 65 WARNING.
  • vanilla
  • mint
  • clove
  • oak
  • pepper
  • sweet
  • caramel
  • currant
  • spicy

New Riff

Kentucky Straight Bourbon (0.75l, 50%)
Price $43.99

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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.

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

Appearance / Color
Medium Amber.

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.

Finish
The finish is long and warm with a peppery bite and a menthol sweetness on the back palate.

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  • vanilla
  • mint
  • clove
  • oak
  • pepper
  • sweet
  • caramel
  • currant
  • spicy
Dog Dogson's Smartass corner
Character Dogson
Sure, Kentucky gets all the press when it comes to Bourbon. And with good reason—nearly 95% of it is produced there. But Bourbon can be made anywhere as long as it's within the United States. Just ask states with budding distilleries like Illinois and New York.
At any given time, there are more barrels of Bourbon in Kentucky than there are people. The population of the Bluegrass State is about 4.4 million. Today there are more than 5 million barrels of Bourbon sitting in the rick-houses of that Old Kentucky Home. That’s nearly 300 bottles of Bourbon per person, or about 60 gallons each.
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.
Whisky or Whiskey? The spelling differs geographically. In Scotland, Japan, and some other parts of the world, distilleries usually spell it Whisky; in Ireland and the USA, they spell it Whiskey.
Bourbon matures quicker than Scotch due to higher temperatures in American warehouses.
Bourbons are very high in vanilla, as American White Oak is naturally high in vanillins.
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Dog Dogson's Smartass corner
Character Dogson
Sure, Kentucky gets all the press when it comes to Bourbon. And with good reason—nearly 95% of it is produced there. But Bourbon can be made anywhere as long as it's within the United States. Just ask states with budding distilleries like Illinois and New York.
At any given time, there are more barrels of Bourbon in Kentucky than there are people. The population of the Bluegrass State is about 4.4 million. Today there are more than 5 million barrels of Bourbon sitting in the rick-houses of that Old Kentucky Home. That’s nearly 300 bottles of Bourbon per person, or about 60 gallons each.
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.
Whisky or Whiskey? The spelling differs geographically. In Scotland, Japan, and some other parts of the world, distilleries usually spell it Whisky; in Ireland and the USA, they spell it Whiskey.
Bourbon matures quicker than Scotch due to higher temperatures in American warehouses.
Bourbons are very high in vanilla, as American White Oak is naturally high in vanillins.
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