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New Riff Backsetter Rye

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  • Distiller:

    New Riff

  • Bottler:

    New Riff

  • ABV:

    50%

  • Age:

    4 Years

  • Price:
    $$$$$
  • Raided Score: 66
  • Publication: SpiritSurveyor
  • Excerpt: Well slightly better than the bourbon, the taste had some more sweetness, but the bitter, acidic taste still was prominent in the finish and would not go away.
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  • Raided Score: 85
  • Publication: Breaking Bourbon
  • Excerpt: The finish is good but falls short comparatively, which holds back in allowing the rye to truly shine. This one will challenge many rye drinkers who get a chance to try it.
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  • Raided Score: 91
  • Publication: WhiskyCast
  • Excerpt: The taste has good spicy touches of cinnamon and allspice balanced by a gentle smokiness, linseed oil, and a touch of black cherries. The finish has long, subtle touches of spices and smoke with a hint of black cherries.
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  • Raided Score: 83
  • Publication: Distiller
  • Excerpt: The palate is astringent, with nutmeg, clove and ginger, as well as piney menthol, all atop an undercurrent of dried peat bricks. The finish is short, with earthy leather, bitter coffee grounds, peanut shells, and cassia bark.
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  • Raided Score: 93
  • Publication: Whisky Advocate
  • Excerpt: Chewy and oak-driven on the palate, with cherry cough syrup, roasted pecans, dried ginger, white and black pepper, and ample oak; flavors of burnt ends and burnt marshmallow hint at the peat—which comes from the use of peated malt whiskey backset—but could just as easily be mistaken for barrel char. The peppery, ashy, chocolaty finish keeps going and going.
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  • Raided Score: 85
  • Publication: Drinkhacker
  • Excerpt: The mid-palate sees more balance with clove and cinnamon discernible amid heavily charred barbecue and creosote notes, and things really begin to come together on the finish, albeit a bit late, with peppery meats and sweeter baking spice.
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  • Raided Score: 77
  • Publication: Whiskey Raiders
  • Excerpt: While I really enjoyed the Backsetter Bourbon, this Rye release misses the mark with me, unable to balance the peated malt and the oak/sweet characteristics in the same elegant way.
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  • Intro:

    Produced using New Riff's 95/5 Rye mashbill, this release - much like the Backsetter Bourbon - utilizes peated mash for a relatively experimental release from New Riff.

  • Nose:

    Very funky - some barnyard, cherry smoked wood, hay and grass, slate. Very different. Cocoa, pepper, strong oak notes.

  • Taste:

    Moderate on the palate, ethanol is well placed. Much smokier on the palate, with strong notes of hay, grass, hickory smoke and some barnyard elements.

  • Finish:

    Long finish, but smokier and more acrid. Bold clove, pepper, brown sugar and smoke notes.

  • Overall:

    While I really enjoyed the Backsetter Bourbon, this Rye release misses the mark with me, unable to balance the peated malt and the oak/sweet characteristics in the same elegant way.

  • Score:

    4

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