New Riff Distilling Malted Rye Whiskey 6-Year
Proof: 100 proof
Mash Bill: 100 Malted Rye
Tasting Notes: Savory, floral fruits, powdered sugar, balanced oak, and vanilla fruits like plum skin and pear, with everything complex and layered. The palate is plump and rounded, with finely dovetailed elegant spices, saltwater taffy, fruits, clove, and an interesting toasty-malty note. The finish is “focused spice with clove and pink peppercorn, elegant and refined.”
Malted rye is rye grain that has undergone the malting process, during which grain is moistened and begins to germinate, creating enzymes in the seed that convert starches to sugars. Nearly any grain can be malted, although barley is the most common, and the process alters and refines the flavor.
“We thought if rye whiskey is spicy, maybe malted rye would be super spicy — but that’s not how it turned out at all,” Erisman said. “The typically spicy flavor of the rye becomes polished, refined and subtle.”
When the distillery mashed its first batch of malted rye whiskey in December 2014, they weren’t sure what to expect. Inspired by an early whiskey mentor who described 100% malted rye as his favorite whiskey — New Riff set about making their own