New Riff Backsetter Peated Backset Bourbon
New Riff // Kentucky, USA
Backsetter is a new line for New Riff. For these whiskeys, backset (aka sour mash)--a portion leftover from a previously distilled whiskey mash--is added to their mash bill. In this case, the backset used peated malted barley. Otherwise, the distillery uses its standard mash bill for their Kentucky straight bourbon (65% corn, 30% rye, and 5% malted barley). This is a bonded bourbon that is bottled without chill filtration. Availability begins May 2020.
BourbonProduced anywhere in USA; Mash bill of at least 51% corn; aged in new, charred oak containers.
Cask Typenew, charred American oak
"The nose offers vanilla bean and tannic oak, with honey, and a soft earthy peat tinge. The palate is oak-forward and shows hot on the entry, with light caramel sweetness. Towards the back is where the smoke really kicks in, with ashy campfire embers and asphalt. The finish is short, with cedar wood, grass and black pepper."