New Riff Winter Whiskey Bottled in Bond Kentucky Straight (2020 Release), 50%

Price: $50 Issue: Spring 2021 Reviewer: Ted Simmons

The nose is vegetal with celery, caraway seeds, and bell pepper while also sweet: confectionery powder, candied orange slices, chocolate fudge, and coffee ice cream. The palate shows wood influence, though fruits—apricots and orange marmalade—emerge with water. The dry, nutty finish has a sweet herbal quality that lingers before a final hint of tobacco smoke. A bit quirky, but the well-structured clean flavors and excellent balance make this worth a taste.