New Riff Distilling - Breaking Bourbon Private Barrel Pt. 2
This barrel was specially selected by Breaking Bourbon. You can read the full write-up here!
Breaking Bourbon Tasting Notes:
Nose: Smoky | Maple syrup | Baking spices | Clove | Cigar box
Palate: Maple sugar candy | Mild astringency | Thick, chewy mouthfeel
Finish: Rye spice | Cinnamon-like taste - different than usual | Molasses | Syrupy mouthfeel | Lingering
For this selection, we had three pretty equally appealing options. One was quite traditional - those very typical notes of vanilla, caramel, rye spice, and oak with a quintessential bourbon flavor profile in great balance. The second barrel erred on the sweeter side, again playing off what we would describe as traditional bourbon flavors, but with amped up sweet notes and toned down spice notes. Finally, the third barrel offered a diversion from the traditional, instead introducing some unique flavor notes including maple syrup, cigar box, and molasses, but also with a noticeably thicker mouthfeel than the other two options.
Alas, the always present decision between some more certain “mainstream” options and a unique option. Being single barrel, we decided there are plenty of mainstream options out there, so unique was the way to go. It was the unanimous pick among us.
About New Riff Distilling
New Riff Distilling’s core Bourbon expression is a genuinely high-rye, full-bodied whiskey offering savory, spicy character, bottled at Barrel Proof without Chill Filtration. Featuring a mash bill of non-GMO grains at 65% corn, 30% rye, and 5% malted barley, it represents a new riff on Kentucky’s most hallowed whiskey traditions. Aged four years in 53-gallon toasted and charred new oak barrels, there are no shortcuts taken in our production. All New Riff whiskeys are made with the full sour mash Kentucky Regimen; all carry an age statement and are always bottled without chill filtration.
At New Riff, single barrel expressions are a way of life. As former Kentucky liquor retailers, we are intimately familiar with some of Kentucky’s most famed private barrel Bourbon selections ever, and we bring that experience to New Riff. A New Riff Private Barrel selection, whether for trade or private clients, offers an unparalleled experience, replete with tasting notes and an immersive process in our warehouse. Each New Riff single barrel has been tasted and approved by our production panel. Our retail and on-premise partners then select each of their private barrels themselves. In the end, you can taste a New Riff Single Barrel knowing it was fully vetted and thoroughly tasted and approved.