Excerpt: The end result is a bourbon that tastes like it was barrel-aged in a used scotch barrel like High West Campfire was. It noses like a scotch yet has a distinctly bourbon palate. It’s great to see New Riff experimenting and innovating on what it means to be a bourbon.
Excerpt: This particular backset is from a mash of peated malted barley, and the result is an earthy whiskey with spiced accents that meld with sweeter flavors of candied grapes and dark fruits. The finish is long, smooth, and rich, with back notes of spice and cracked pepper.
Excerpt: Honestly an interesting, unique and fairly well executed experiment that further demonstrates the complexity that experimentation can bring when done right. This balances smoke, citrus and oak very well.
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Produced at New Riff using a peated mash, Backsetter Bourbon is a notable, and first of its kind release for the brand.
Sweet on the nose, but gentle and deceptive. Sweet cream, caramel, a bit of orange zest and some white pepper.
Rich on the palate, with some smoked notes coming through. Creamy orange, pepper, a bit of oak and earth. The smoke character is pretty mild, which is probably for the best.
Dry, ashy finish with a bit of bbq smoke, a bit of oak and some lovely pepper.
Honestly an interesting, unique and fairly well executed experiment that further demonstrates the complexity that experimentation can bring when done right. This balances smoke, citrus and oak very well.
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