New Riff’s first whiskey releases were all bottled in bond from the start—a bold move for a brand new distillery. This rye proves it was the right decision. Complex and compelling, it shows maturity while retaining liveliness and verve. Grassy and herbal on the nose, it also has orange, cedar, sassafras, rose petals, and syrupy blackberries. The medium-weight palate balances clove, cedar oil, orange, berries, bubble gum, and cinnamon, which melt into an herbaceous, nutty, chocolate-rich finish. The patient drinker is rewarded, as aromas and flavors develop beautifully in the glass. -Susannah Skiver Barton Reviewed by: Whisky Advocate - 92 pts
On the nose, mint and orange blossom shine with a backbone of toffee, vanilla wafer, clove, black pepper, and cinnamon. The mouthfeel is perfect on the first sip. Big bold minty rye character leads with a wonderful underbelly of citrus and vanilla cake topped with cinnamon and oak spice. The finish comes in three waves with rye spice leading, followed by red rope licorice sprinkle atop citrus vanilla cake, then followed by a slow fade into cinnamon and oak spice. Super gorgeous and dangerously drinkable. Reviewed by: Binny's
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