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New Riff Named as a "Top 20 Whiskies of 2019"

Whisky Advocate named Newport-based New Riff Distilling as one of its Top 20 Whiskies of 2019.

The annual list celebrates the most exciting whiskies of 2019, selected by Whisky Advocate’s reviewers from among hundreds of bottles tasted throughout the year.

“We take great pride in every spirit we distill at New Riff, knowing that every step of the process is done with utmost integrity,” said Ken Lewis, founder of New Riff Distilling. “To be recognized for our Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey by Whisky Advocate is an honor that reminds us that due diligence pays off.”

Each year, Whisky Advocate Buying Guide reviewers collectively sample hundreds of whiskies.

These include rare and extremely limited releases, as well as new and emerging labels — including New Riff, one of the newest distilleries on the list — that will find their way to shelves across the nation.

To determine the top 20, Whisky Advocate begins by looking only at whiskies rated “outstanding” (90 points or higher on Whisky Advocate’s 100-point scale.)

Reviewer Susannah Skiver Barton upholds New Riff Distilling for their boldness. “New Riff’s first whiskey releases were all bottled in bond from the start — a bold decision for a brand new distillery,” she said. “This rye proves it was the right decision.”

The Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey — the only Straight Rye on the list — was chosen for its complexity, showing maturity while retaining liveliness and verve. Bottled in bond without chill filtration, the 100 percent Rye is bottled at 100 proof without the addition of any flavoring or blending material, the company said.

The full top 20 list is available here and the New Riff mention can be found here.

-Staff report

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