89

Score

New Riff Bottled in Bond Bourbon, 50%

Price: $40 Issue: Winter 2018 Reviewer: Susannah Skiver Barton

Fresh and delicate on the nose, with stone fruit—especially peaches—white pepper, orange Creamsicle, and spice. A generous oak backbone provides the foundation for plums, nectarines, black pepper, clove, chamomile tea, and piney cedar that sweeps into a dry oak, cocoa, iced-tea finish. Although a bit hot at times, the balance and array of flavors is an outstanding coup for this young distillery.