New Riff Straight Bottled in Bond Bourbon Review | Whiskey Raiders
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New Riff Straight Bottled in Bond Bourbon

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  • Distiller:

    New Riff

  • Bottler:

    New Riff

  • ABV:

    50%

  • Age:

    4 Years

  • Price:
    $$$$$
  • Raided Score: 81
  • Publication: Breaking Bourbon
  • Excerpt: If you haven’t given this little (and growing) Kentucky distillery a chance yet, their Straight Bourbon is a good place to start.
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  • Raided Score: 82
  • Publication: Whiskey Consensus
  • Excerpt: Other newer distilleries could learn a lot from what New Riff is doing with its state-of-the-art facility.
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  • Raided Score: 91
  • Publication: Drinkhacker
  • Excerpt: This one should only improve with more barrel time, but it’s pretty far ahead of a lot of craft bourbons out there already.
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  • Raided Score: 89
  • Publication: Distiller
  • Excerpt: New Riff has pulled off a rarity with their bourbon: a bottled-in-bond, four-year-old whiskey from a new distillery that's reasonably priced and fully enjoyable.
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  • Raided Score: 87
  • Publication: The Whiskey Jug
  • Excerpt: New Riff Bourbon is great. It’s everything a bourbon should be, there is nothing to dislike about it and has set a new standard for “craft”.
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  • Raided Score: 85
  • Publication: Whiskey Raiders
  • Excerpt: This is pretty nice, a good showing from New Riff. Not amazing, certainly, but complex for its youth and already showing great promise.
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  • Intro:

    Distilled at New Riff, this craft bourbon comes to us from a gang who knows what they're doing - delivering a new riff on an old tradition. Produced on Vendome copper in the parking lot of The Party Source, New Riff prizes sound fermentation and the practice of keeping barrels until they are ready. Let's dive in.

  • Nose:

    Sweet corn and barrel char on the nose right away. Quite a bit of cocoa, honey, pepper and oak.

  • Taste:

    Thin to medium mouth feel. Some honey, toffee, light berry note, oak and pepper. It doesn’t taste young or malty, and there’s a good deal of oak for its age.

  • Finish:

    Long, spice forward finish. Brown sugar, clove, and toffee.

  • Overall:

    This is pretty nice, a good showing from New Riff. Not amazing, certainly, but complex for its youth and already showing great promise.

  • Score:

    6

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