New Riff started their Bottled in Bond Kentucky Bourbon four years ago in 2014 and have been waiting for the four-year maturation process to draw to a close. Well, we’re finally there. New Riff used a mashbill that consisted of 65 percent corn, 30 percent rye, and 5 percent barley—each being completely non-GMO. The bourbon earned the “Bottled in Bond” title by complying with the United States government’s Standards of Identity for Distilled Spirits. New Riff took the additional step of not chill filtering their bourbon.
Whiskey is often chill filtered to remove various residues from the liquor—mostly esters, but other organic compounds as well. When a non-filtered whiskey has water or ice added to it, it will sometimes become cloudy. Chill filtration is primarily a cosmetic process meant to prevent that change, but it runs the risk of removing some of the flavor by removing some of the natural fatty acids, esters, and proteins. New Riff opted to leave their Kentucky Bourbon in its natural state so as to ensure that you get the full flavor.
New Riff describes the bourbon has having “an aroma of butterscotch that rounds into fresh oak, with hints of vanilla and rye spice.” The flavor leads with a vanilla accent that then turns into a clove, cinnamon, mint, and dark berry taste.