About New Riff Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey
New Riff Kentucky Bourbon was founded in 2014 by whiskey visionary Ken Lewis a liquor retailer and entrepreneur. Leading a band of corporate refugees Lewis and his team have crafted a range of whiskeys from bourbon, rye, malted rye, and a host of specialty recipes to their Kentucky Wild Gin. On a mission to become one of the world’s great small distilleries, New Riff is an independently owned by a single family; this freedom allows more room for creativity, innovation, and overall quality production of spirit.
Bottled without chill-filtration, they stand behind this combination of classic “American entrepreneurship and ingenuity; passion and knowledge born from one of the world’s great spirit regions, and a talented team individually committed to doing things the right way.” New Riff Distilling’s core Bourbon expression is a genuinely high-rye, full-bodied whiskey delivering a savory, spicy character.
Building upon America’s 1897 Bottled-in-Bond Act, New Riff Bourbon is Bottled In Bond Without chill filtration, featuring a mash bill of non-GMO grains. Featuring a unique mashbill of 95% rye and 5% malted rye, this whiskey is aged four years in full-size 53-gallon toasted and charred new oak barrels. Each New Riff whiskey is crafted with the full sour mash Kentucky method and bottled without chill filtration.
At the helm of the distiller Larry Ebersold of Seagram’s, New Riff distillers learned the difficult art of distilling high rye whiskey, one of the hardest whiskeys in the world to master. Adding a unique 5% malted rye, delivers additional flavors out of the rye adding a touch of elegance. New Riff Straight Rye is splendid with a splash of water, enjoy it in a classic Rye Manhattan or any Old Fashioned cocktail.
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As American as the bald eagle, rye whiskey was first brewed in the American Northeast in the 1600s. Even George Washington distilled it after leaving the Oval Office, so there’s no way of denying its origin.
It’s distinguished from bourbon for its original and unique spicy notes.
By law, rye whiskey must be made from at least 51% rye grain, aged in new and charred oak barrels for at least two years, and bottled at no more than 62,5% ABV.
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