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September 16, 2020 (edited November 28, 2020)
3.0 out of 5 stars
The sweetness of the bourbon was off balance with the peat. All the sweetness was upfront and all the peat was in the back. It’s enjoyable but I don’t think I would buy it again. I’d rather have a highland or islay scotch.
Neat. Neck pour. I just drank the Backsetter Rye and I liked it. It’s a funky adventure with a nice salted caramel flavor I have never found in a 100% rye whiskey. Let’s see how the bourbon is...
The peat notes are definitely less in the face than the rye but it’s still initially a band-aid rubber note. There is a lot to dig at behind the peat. This is more recognizable as a New Riff Bourbon than the rye was. Tea leaves. Toffee. Caramel. Vanilla frosting. Baking spices and cinnamon. The peat goes more and more into the background as I sit with it. Apples are starting to come through to really round out the nose.
Nice creamy texture. More toffee up front but it turned into sweet BBQ rub. Was not expecting that. It’s like Grippos seasoning even. Oh that is funky. Even the legs are Grippos! Eventually getting the caramels and vanilla but then the legs brings back the Grippos.
Grippos? Grippos! How? Can’t escape it. This is weird and fun. But mostly weird.