New Riff 8 Year Bourbon Review

Help celebrate New Riff Distilling's 10th anniversary year with their newest offering - an 8 year old Kentucky Straight Bourbon! This bourbon boasts rich flavors of cherry creme brûlée on the nose, and a dry, spicy finish. If you are a New Riff fan who enjoys mature bourbons, you'll want to give New Riff Aged 8 Years Bourbon a try. Read our full review to learn all about it!
New Riff
Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Aged 8 Years
100 Proof
MSRP: $67.99 for 750ml
Review

Please enjoy our New Riff 8 Year Old Bourbon Review!

Have you heard about the latest addition to New Riff Distilling’s core lineup? It’s an 8 year old Kentucky Straight Bourbon! This year is New Riff’s 10th Anniversary, and what a way to get the year off to a great start!

Mash Bill

New Riff 8 Year Bourbon is made from their standard bourbon mash bill: 65% corn, 30% rye and 5% malted barley. It is non-chill filtered and bottled at 100 proof. The barrels in this batch range from 8 years 8 months to 9 years old.

It’s Not Bottled-In-Bond?

For those familiar with New Riff Distilling, their small batch releases have all been Bottled-In-Bond. However, this 8 year old bourbon is not. It is still bottled at 100 proof and could have technically been Bottled-In-Bond, since all of the barrels came from the Spring 2015 season. However, given the relatively limited stock of this older bourbon, New Riff wanted the flexibility to blend barrels from different seasons to maintain the desired flavor profile. Therefore, future batches could have barrels from different seasons, making them ineligible to be classified as Bottled-In-Bond.

Tasting Notes – New Riff Aged 8 Years Bourbon Review

Let’s taste it:

🛏 Rested for 15 minutes in a Glencairn

👉🏻Nose: Cherries, vanilla, lightly burnt buttery caramel; subtle leather; mild brown sugar sweetness; hints of rye spices and dry oak; appropriate alcohol vapor for the proof
👉🏻Taste: Mild brown sugar sweetness; cherries; light caramel and vanilla; mild rye spices and dry oak
👉🏻Finish: Fairly dry; light dry oak; mild tannins; mild rye spices; lingering moderate black pepper and some barrel char later on; moderate deep warmth

The nose brings rich flavors befitting of this bourbon’s age of almost 9 years. There are dark cherries up front, along with rich vanilla, and some burnt buttery caramel, too. Really, it’s almost crème brûlée-like. In the background are relatively soft rye spices, and a hint of leather, too. Mild brown sugar sweetness helps further round out the bouquet. The intensity of the alcohol vapor is appropriate for New Riff Aged 8 Years Bourbon’s 100 proof.

The taste has similar flavors to the nose, but they are fairly soft. There’s mild brown sugar sweetness, cherries, light caramel and vanilla, towards the back. Later on, a dryness with light tannins and dry oak develop early in the finish. Then black pepper grows in the center of my tongue and lingers for quite a while, along with some barrel char and light rye spices. The finish is long, with a pleasant deep warmth.

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Conclusion

New Riff Aged 8 Years Bourbon goes from rich, almost cherry creme brûlée-like aromas in the nose, to a fairly dry and moderately spicy finish. The flavors have definitely matured from the younger New Riff iterations, and in a very nice way. This was an enjoyable pour when I first opened the bottle. However it has opened up significantly after 48 hours with the flavors now more pronounced and developed. Are you a New Riff bourbon fan who appreciates mature whiskey flavors? If so, you’ll want to give the bourbon a try! Cheers!🥃

We hope you have enjoyed our New Riff 8 Year Bourbon Review! If you would like to learn about a few more whiskeys from this distillery, then check out our New Riff Single Malt Review, New Riff Winter Whiskey Review and our New Riff Malted Rye Whiskey Review!

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