Introducing New Riff Bonded Kentucky Straight Bourbon and Rye

Introducing New Riff Bonded Kentucky Straight Bourbon and Rye - The Barrel Tap

Welcome back to The Barrel Tap, your premier source for top-tier spirits. Today, we cast the spotlight on New Riff Distilling. Despite their recent entrance into the bourbon and rye world, their offerings are deeply rooted in tradition. They honor the past by adhering to the classic Bottled-In-Bond, non-chill filtered methods while also bringing innovation and freshness to the industry. New Riff Distilling is proof that the new kid on the block can still respect time-honored traditions while creating exciting and unique spirits. 

'A New Riff to an Old Tradition'

During the late 1800s, whiskey taste often evolved during transportation in barrels. Unfortunately, grain spirits mixed with additives were passed off as the real deal. Amid growing consumer protection concerns, the federal government introduced the Bottled-In-Bond label, a standard signifying genuine whiskey.

To carry the Bottled-In-Bond label, a whiskey must be distilled by a single distillery during one distilling season and aged in a federally bonded warehouse. This mark is an assurance of quality and an expression of the spirit's origin.

Bottled-In-Bond spirits saw a decline in popularity during the 70s and 80s as lighter, blended bourbons took the stage. However, around 2014, the Bottled-In-Bond label experienced a revival as bartenders sought high-proof spirits for flavor-rich cocktails.

Today, the Bottled-In-Bond spirits offer an affordable price point, like New Riff, despite production restrictions, with more brands embracing them and leading consumers to rediscover their love for the label.

New Riff Bottled-In-Bond Kentucky Straight Bourbon: The Detailed Riff

Delve deeper into the intricacies of the New Riff Bottled-In-Bond Kentucky Straight Bourbon, New Riff Distilling's core bourbon offering. This high-rye, full-bodied whiskey boasts a savory, spicy character that sets a new standard for Kentucky's revered bourbon tradition.

This spirit proudly adheres to the 1897 Bottled-In-Bond Act's quality standards – the highest for aged spirits globally. New Riff Bourbon is bottled in bond without chill filtration, showcasing its authenticity and complexity. The non-GMO grains' mash bill comprises 65% corn, 30% rye, and 5% malted barley, representing a unique take on traditional bourbon crafting.

Each batch matures for a minimum of four years in 53-gallon toasted and charred new oak barrels, ensuring there are no shortcuts in their production. All New Riff whiskeys follow the full sour mash Kentucky regimen, carry an age statement, and are always bottled without chill filtration.

  • Key Features:

    • Bottled in Bond without Chill Filtration
    • High Rye Mash Bill - 30% Rye
    • Aged at least 4 Years
    • 100 Proof (50% ALC/VOL)
  • Tasting Notes:

    • Appearance: Extra rich, unfiltered deep amber color.
    • Nose: Engaging blend of butterscotch, fresh oak, and hints of vanilla and rye spice.
    • Palate: A broad, fulsome mouthfeel that evolves into a sweet vanilla note, before being taken over by rye spices such as clove, cinnamon, mint, and dark berry.
    • Finish: A long, rye-led finish marked by brambly red-black fruits amid a backdrop of white pepper and clove.

For bourbon enthusiasts seeking a unique, personalized experience, we present the New Riff Single Barrel Bourbon. Handpicked from a single barrel, it offers an exclusive taste, often unveiling unexpected and exciting flavor nuances. Each Single Barrel selection promises a one-of-a-kind sipping experience, creating an exquisite and exclusive journey for each bourbon lover. It's an adventurous riff you wouldn't want to miss!

New Riff Bottled-In-Bond Kentucky Straight Rye: An Evocative Riff

Uncover the extraordinary character of the New Riff Bottled-In-Bond Kentucky Straight Rye, the distillery's core Rye whiskey offering. Full-bodied and radiating a distinctively spicy profile, this whiskey is a remarkable reimagination of the hallowed local Rye whiskey traditions.

Built upon the 1897 Bottled-In-Bond Act—the highest standard for aged spirits worldwide—New Riff Rye stands proud as a Bottled-In-Bond spirit without Chill Filtration. Its unique mashbill features 95% rye and 5% malted rye, an innovative spin that enhances the rye flavors and adds an elegance of malted rye. This whiskey ages for a minimum of four years in 53-gallon toasted and charred new oak barrels, underscoring the commitment to traditional production methods without shortcuts.

  • Key Features:

    • Bottled in Bond without Chill Filtration
    • 100% Rye (95% Rye, 5% Malted Rye)
    • Aged at least 4 Years
    • 100 Proof (50% ALC/VOL)
  • Tasting Notes:

    • Appearance: Extra rich, unfiltered deep amber color.
    • Nose: A detailed and spicy profile revealing mint, black pepper, and vanilla with hints of orange and oak.
    • Palate: Starts with cinnamon spice, vanilla, and sweet toffee, evolving into a bold mouthfeel with rich rye spice, caramel, and toasted oak. Complex flavors that bely its four-year maturation.
    • Finish: Bold rye spice combined with vanilla buttercream and lingering brown sugar, ending with a mineral-grassy rye tone that fades slowly.

The knowledge and finesse needed to create this exceptional Rye whiskey were learned directly from the master distiller who pioneered the renowned 95% Rye in Indiana—Larry Ebersold of Seagram's. With his guidance, an exciting twist was added to the recipe, a 5% malted rye, enhancing the whiskey's flavor profile and adding a touch of malted rye elegance.

Perfect with a splash of water or as a key component in a classic Rye Manhattan, the New Riff Rye embodies a sense of grandeur in every sip. For those seeking a personalized and unique experience, don't miss out on the New Riff Single Barrel Rye. Each barrel unveils a unique profile, allowing you to enjoy an exclusive flavor journey – a unique, thrilling riff waiting to be explored.

Together We Bond, One Sip at a Time

As we've discovered today, New Riff Distilling offers much more than just another whiskey to sample. Their commitment to honoring the classic Bottled-In-Bond traditions while adding their unique riff to each offering is commendable. They are proof that the age of a distillery doesn't dictate its ability to produce exceptional spirits. Their dedication to quality, tradition, and innovation shines through in every sip of their bourbon and rye whiskeys.

Whether you're a whiskey connoisseur seeking to expand your collection, or a newbie looking to dip your toes into the world of bourbon and rye, New Riff Distilling offers something for everyone. Their products, from the full-bodied high-rye bourbon to the unique, spicy rye whiskey, are poised to satisfy the most discerning of palates. And let's not forget their special single barrel offerings, which present a unique opportunity to enjoy a truly exclusive taste experience.

We invite you to join us in celebrating this innovative yet traditional distillery. Discover the myriad flavors, the deep Kentucky roots, and the bright future of New Riff Distilling. Visit our online store here at The Barrel Tap and experience the richness of New Riff's Bottled-In-Bond Bourbon, the boldness of their Bottled-In-Bond Rye, or the exclusive savor of their Single Barrel Bourbon and Single Barrel Rye. Each bottle promises a journey of taste and tradition that is as unique as New Riff themselves.

So, raise your glass, savor the aroma, and immerse yourself in a flavorful journey. The story of New Riff Distilling is one of audacity, tradition, and innovation, and it's a story told best in each bottle of their bourbon and rye whiskey. Get your bottle of New Riff today. Your taste buds will thank you.