New Riff Maltster Malted Rye Bourbon

Bourbon — Kentucky, USA

3.75 out of 5 stars
Neat. Neck Pour. Experimental New Riff has been hit or miss. Balboa Rye is one of my favorite ryes out there. The Backsetter series... are a novelty to be nice. This Maltster has me excited for two reasons. A) it’s fun to explore something new. B) it’s a 5 year New Riff! So excited to try older New Riff soon. Trying to understand the Malted Rye part of it. Smells fresh. Not to confuse that with young. Like that nice clean smell when you finish straightening up the house and complete the vacuum cleaning. There is some citrus, that is what may be painting that picture for me. Lemon and orange cocktail. Toffee and a slight hint of butterscotch. Gosh even some shortbread cookie. So the nose is clean and inviting and I would not think this is a New Riff product off the nose. Nice soft and silky mouth feel. Quite flavorful immediately. Blood oranges and vanilla. The vanilla transitions to a darker butterscotch mid palate but back to the vanilla on the finish. The blood orange flavor is prevalent throughout and really really hangs in the finish. Getting a lot of delicious honey now. Getting toffee on the back of the finish too. Oh my. The malt is building with every sip. It is really opening up 20 minutes in. The sweetness is really coming out. Not in love but intrigued. It’s different and nothing that makes it different is a turn off. It’s also exciting. No young notes. It makes me more excited for the prospect of a 6 year single barrel some day. I think this is worth a revisit with some air time. This score may go up.