March 2019

New Riff Private Barrel Selection


One of the most exciting new bourbons on the market is from New Riff Distilling in Newport, Kentucky.  A small group of our members traveled to the distillery to select a fantastic barrel.  After getting together for lunch, we took a tour of the distillery, then drove a few miles away to the barrel warehouse and tasting room.


New Riff is a high-rye, full bodied bourbon offering a savory, spicy character, and will be 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 the production.


Photos courtesy of Yono Photographer.