New Riff Wins Big At SFWSC|
Newport, KY – New Riff Distilling won a Double Gold medal for each of the five categories it entered at the 2019 San Francisco World Spirits Competition, the world’s most respected whiskey awards competition. This was the first time New Riff, Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati’s largest whiskey distillery entered the competition.
New Riff entered all three of the whiskeys and both gins it currently produces New Riff Bottled-in-Bond Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, New Riff Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, New Riff Bottled-in-Bond Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey, New Riff Kentucky Wild Gin, and New Riff Bourbon Barreled Kentucky Wild Gin. Its entries were judged against more than 3,000 of the world’s best spirits—the largest number of entries in the 19-year history of the San Francisco World Spirits Competition. In a rare sweep and as one of the youngest distilleries represented, New Riff was awarded the highest award of Double Gold for each bottle it entered. Double Gold is awarded only when every judge in category votes to give the Gold medal to an entrant.
“It’s like being a new horse farm entering five horses in five races on Derby Day and winning all five,” said Ken Lewis, New Riff’s owner and co-founder. “We were judged against the best bourbons, ryes, and gins in the world and came away in every category we entered with one of the very few Double Golds. Our mission statement is ‘to become one of the great small distilleries of the world,’ and we are profoundly honored to have taken a big step on that long journey.”
New Riff’s Awards included:
DOUBLE GOLD MEDAL and BEST BARREL AGED GIN, New Riff Bourbon Barreled Kentucky Wild Gin
DOUBLE GOLD MEDAL, New Riff Bottled-in-Bond Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
DOUBLE GOLD MEDAL, New Riff Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
DOUBLE GOLD MEDAL, New Riff Bottled-in-Bond Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey
DOUBLE GOLD MEDAL, New Riff Kentucky Wild Gin
New Riff is a Big Winner. The Bourbon, Rye, and Single Barrel are all close to 100%. The Bourbon is now in my my Top Ten, for whatever that’s worth. Seelbach’s made it possible to obtain in Brandywine,MD. Thanks.
This goes to show how weak the craft market really must be.
In our blind tasting tests, RIFF has consistently been the first one out.
The RYE most probably is their best expression, but loses out to Dickel, and Old Forester to only name a couple.
We have talked to others about the bourbon, SB bourbon, and rye.
Everyone says the same thing, it just isn’t all that.