New Riff Straight Rye
  • Category Rye
  • Country United States
  • Region Kentucky
  • Distillery New Riff
  • Age 4 Year Old
  • Style Rye Whiskey
  • Alcohol 50%
California residents: Click here for Proposition 65 WARNING.
  • cinnamon
  • toffee
  • pepper
  • caramel
  • vanilla
  • oak
  • orange
  • mint
  • zesty

New Riff

Straight Rye (0.75l, 50%)
Price $49.99

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Character Goatson
Flavor, flavor, and more flavor in a 95% Rye Whiskey powerhouse.

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. brand (now retired). They are now releasing their own complete line of house-crafted Spirits and are an official stop on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail.

If you are into Rye Whiskey then you know that to qualify as a Rye Whiskey, the mash bill must contain at least 51% rye grain. But rye is notoriously hard to work with, so most producers make sure to have a healthy amount of corn or wheat in the mash to smooth out the bumps. New Riff Straight Rye did NOT make it easy. Their mash bill is 95% rye grain with only 5% malted rye to help kick-start fermentation. And making a rye at this level is no simple thing to do. Moreover, this is their own distillate from their own still aged four years and bottled in bond at 50% ABV — making this a flavor bomb delicious on its own or as the foundation of one kick-butt Manhattan.
  • Category Rye
  • Country United States
  • Region Kentucky
  • Distillery New Riff
  • Age 4 Year Old
  • Style Rye Whiskey
  • Alcohol 50%
California residents: Click here for Proposition 65 WARNING.
Appearance / Color
Crystal Umber

Nose / Aroma / Smell
Poured neat, the aroma leaps up from the glass with notes of orange zest, mint, ground black pepper, and toasted oak.

Flavor / Taste / Palate
Brace yourself for a flavor explosion of cinnamon, brittle toffee, bell pepper, salted caramel, vanilla, and charred oak.

Finish
The finish is long and bold, mellowing with time into a creamy warmth.
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  • cinnamon
  • toffee
  • pepper
  • caramel
  • vanilla
  • oak
  • orange
  • mint
  • zesty
Dog Dogson's Smartass corner
Character Dogson
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 - 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.
A decade ago there were only 6 brands of Rye Whiskey hailing from Kentucky, nowadays there are more than 50!
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.
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Dog Dogson's Smartass corner
Character Dogson
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 - 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.
A decade ago there were only 6 brands of Rye Whiskey hailing from Kentucky, nowadays there are more than 50!
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.
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