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Deemed a specialty whiskey by the producer, New Riff, this rye focuses on a heritage rye grain, not seen for years in the distillation space. Bottled at barrel proof, produced with a mashbill of 95% balboa rye and 5% malted rye and with no filtering.
Rich and spicy - impressive almost hickory and cherry wood notes to it. Bold clove, pepper, brown sugar and a delightfully sweet oak component.
Bold once more - the nose was no lie. Toffee, caramel, fat tannin influence, silky texture on the palate. Powerful and brash rye character on the back palate. A touch hot, but it's almost indistinguishable from the raw rye spice.
Long finish. Powerful again. Orange peel, hickory, maple and toffee. Sweet cream for a moment, then the rye returns with a vengeance. Clove, cracked pepper, tannin.
There's no doubting the rye character of this beast. Nobody will confuse this for a barely legal rye, and it works in all the right ways. Perhaps a bit too expressive for mixology, this Heirloom rye kicks like the bass drum at a rock show. The entire taste profile seems built around it. Delightfully rich, bold, spicy and aggressive.