SBC #88: New Riff “Smoke ‘Em if Ya Got ‘Em”

Breaking Bourbon Award Winning Single Barrel Club picks are selected by Breaking Bourbon, and whenever possible with the help of Patreon supporters. The bottles are made available to Patreon supporters first by pledge tier. If any bottles remain after all supporters have had an opportunity to purchase, they are made available to the public on a first come, first served basis. Each barrel is sponsored by a retailer partner, who sells the bottles directly to end purchasers.

Retailer Partner: Seelbach’s

Classification: Straight Bourbon

Company: New Riff Distilling

Distillery: New Riff Distilling

Age: 4 Years, 3 Months

Proof: 116.4

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

Yield: 198 Bottles

Release Date: June 2024


In 2019 we interviewed New Riff Distilling Co-Founder Jay Erisman to learn more about the distillery and share with our readers. Since then, we’ve selected five barrels, with this latest barrel being our 5th. New Riff Distilling’s onsite barrel selection process is extremely well thought out, and we couldn’t recommend it more highly if you have an opportunity to select a barrel.

One of the most exciting aspects of selecting New Riff barrels is the extreme variation in flavor profiles they achieve across barrels in the sample set. It’s proof that barrels derived from the same mashbill can taste dramatically different due to other factors, and highlights the purpose of selecting single barrels in the first place - to find something unique that doesn’t taste quite like anything else. Like many of our other New Riff picks, we tasted barrels showcasing this extreme variation to the max. For this pick, we did it live on site at New Riff Distilling.

The barrel we ended up choosing is a tobacco-lover’s dream, weaving rich tobacco flavors throughout. The nose is intense, as tobacco is complemented by spiced cocktail cherries, heavy baking spices, and has an underlying herbal undertone. The palate joins tobacco with a slight earthiness, and adds flavors of raisins, dark cherries, peppery oak, and leather. It turns quite dry as it transitions to the finish, with intense white pepper and cigar box mingling in, ultimately ending on a lingering dryness. It’s quite unique making for a memorable bourbon that showcases New Riff’s ability to push the boundaries of flavor profile range.

Tasting Notes

Nose: Tobacco | Spiced cocktail cherries | Slight herbal undertone | Heavy baking spices | Intense

Palate: Earthy | Tobacco | Raisins | Dark cherries | Peppery oak | Leather | Dry

Finish: White pepper | Tobacco | Cigar box | Lingering dryness

About Seelbach’s

For this pick, we partnered with spirits retailer Seelbach’s, which was founded by Blake Riber, also the creator of Bourbonr and the Bourbonr Facebook group. An online-only retailer with a twist, we interviewed Riber to discuss how he’s running his shop differently than everyone else. “Unlocking Craft Spirits” he calls it - seeking out up-and-coming craft distilleries and learning about their process and tasting through their products to find hidden gems.

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Please note these bottles will not be sold by Breaking Bourbon, but will be sold by retailers we partner with in order to fulfill the orders and ship the bottles directly to Patreon supporters. Breaking Bourbon will receive no compensation from our partner retailers under these agreements (with the exception of a bottle from each barrel for editorial purposes). If you represent a retailer and ship to consumers and you’re interested in partnering just let us know!

Written By: BB Team

June 26, 2024
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