New Riff Backsetter Bourbon


Classification: Straight Bourbon

Company: New Riff Distilling

Distillery: New Riff Distilling

Release Date: Spring 2020

Proof: 100

Age: NAS (4 Years)

Mashbill:  65% Corn, 30% Rye, 5% Malted Barley

Color: Copper

MSRP: $50 (2020)

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Vanilla | Light oak | Smoked barley | Campfire | Smoky & sweet


Sweet vanilla | Straw | Light smoked wood chips | Green peppercorn | Touch of brown sugar


Charred Oak | Light vanilla | Light smoke | Earthy with lingering spice


For this limited release, New Riff used their traditional bourbon mashbill and a backset collected from a distillation of peat-smoked malted barley. The end result is a bourbon that tastes like it was barrel-aged in a used scotch barrel like High West Campfire was. It noses like a scotch yet has a distinctly bourbon palate. It’s great to see New Riff experimenting and innovating on what it means to be a bourbon.

The sample used for this review was provided to us at no cost courtesy its respective company. We thank them for allowing us to review it with no strings attached.
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Written By: Jordan Moskal

July 1, 2020
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