NEWPORT, Ky.– New Riff Distilling has announced the release of a limited-edition sherry-finished malted rye whiskey, bottled at cask strength without chill filtration and secondarily aged in oloroso and pedro ximenez sherry casks. Available in May, the version builds on the distillery’s exploration of malted rye whisky.
“Last year we released our Malted Rye Whiskey, and discovering its remarkably elegant and sophisticated character gave us another idea,” said co-founder Jay Erisman. “We think of it first as a malt whiskey and then as a rye whiskey, which raised the question: what if we treated it like other malt whiskeys and aged it in sherry casks? ?”
The first batches of New Riff’s 100% malt Rye Whiskey were distilled in 2014, and the initial release landed in May 2021. For this finished sherry elaboration, New Riff imported custom 53 gallon Spanish sherry casks and filled them with 5 years of age. old New Riff Malted Rye Whiskey. Twelve casks of oloroso and three casks of pedro ximenez were filled with whiskey and aged another year, before being put into vats in the fall of 2021 and left to marry and condition together for several months until they were put in bottle in the spring of 2022.
Bottled straight from the cask at 112.7 proof, Sherry Finished Malt Rye Whiskey has a buttery sherry oak nose with hints of nuts and a hint of vanilla. The broad, savory character fills the mouth with sappy sherry flavors paired with malty grains, followed by a bright late finish of brightening spices such as clove and wood spice with multicolored fruit skin.
New Riff Sherry Finished Malted Rye Whiskey is made from 100% malted rye grains and is aged for six years with a suggested retail price of $64.99. It is available in limited quantities in parts of New Riff’s distribution footprint and through New Riff’s Whiskey Club.
About the new riff
Born in Kentucky and raised in an urban setting, is an independent distillery located in Northern Kentucky, the gateway to bourbon country. In 2014, founder Ken Lewis, a visionary Kentucky liquor retailer and entrepreneur, saw the need for a new riff on an old tradition when it came to Kentucky bourbon. The Newport, Ky., distillery produces bourbon, rye, and Kentucky Wild Gin. The bourbon and rye are made with traditional sour mash methods and bottled in bond without chill filtration. Bourbon and rye are also available in unique cask selections, and the distillery offers a popular private cask selection program. New Riff draws its water from an aquifer below the distillery, accessible via a 100-foot-deep private well and providing water with four times the dissolved minerals found in other water sources. New Riff believes in transparency, so all products carry an age statement and mashbills are public. The modern venue is home to an on-site cocktail and tasting bar, The Aquifer.
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