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New Riff Backsetter Peated Backset Bottled in Bond Kentucky Straight Rye, 50%

Price: $50 Issue: Fall 2020 Reviewer: Susannah Skiver Barton

Deep, complex, and ever-developing flavor that doesn't quit. The nose shows cherry Robitussin, leather sofa, old books, polished oak, and a refined sweet nuttiness, like Jordan almonds. Chewy and oak-driven on the palate, with cherry cough syrup, roasted pecans, dried ginger, white and black pepper, and ample oak; flavors of burnt ends and burnt marshmallow hint at the peat—which comes from the use of peated malt whiskey backset—but could just as easily be mistaken for barrel char. The peppery, ashy, chocolaty finish keeps going and going. (2,250 bottles)