Limited edition whiskeys take a front seat from roughly the end of August right up through the holiday season. New Riff’s latest entrant into the limited edition world certainly comes with more questions than answers, but let’s take a look at the product and see what New Riff has to say about it.
Leaning into the brewing background of their head distiller, Brian Sprance, New Riff set out to craft something that harkens to the chocolate oatmeal stout beer world. They aimed to capture the essence of winter in a 750ml bottle by pulling those rich and hearty flavors from the beer scene into whiskey. In checking out the New Riff website I found this bit I wanted to share:
It’s quite a unique Bourbon, unlike anything we’ve ever made or tasted. The experience is something of a three-way conversation between the dry cocoa quality of the chocolate malt; a balanced amount of oak; and this unique spicy quality (sort of like kasha-style buckwheat, perhaps blueberry skin) quite distinct from that of rye. The finish dances away on the oaty spice, dusted with Belgian cocoa. Despite the suggestion of “chocolate” in the grains and the name, it never turns cloying, tending to delicate dryness.
Alright it is only nine degrees outside as I type this…that’s winter enough to have a pour of this new release. Here we go!