This is a bottle of New Riff Single Barrel Bourbon picked by The Bourbon Society. I  purchased this bottle at the 2022 Repeal Day event held by The Bourbon Society. They  pick some very good barrels and this Bourbon is no exception. Matt and I sat down and  tasted it the other day and here are our tasting notes. 

New Riff Single Barrel Bourbon, The Bourbon Society Barrel  

Proof: 111.3 

Age: Four Years, Three Months, Twenty-four Days  


  • Mike: Caramel, apples, baking spices and oak wood. 
  • Matt: Caramel. oak wood – fresh cut wood. 


  • Mike: Caramel, apples, cinnamon. Allspice and oak wood. Tasted with a dried cranberry  and the apple is enhanced and nutmeg spice comes forward. Tasted with a pecan and  the caramel is enhanced and a note of chocolate comes forward. 
  • Matt: Caramel, apple and oak wood. The dried cranberry made the apple a Red  Delicious Apple and added pepper spice. The pecan enhanced the caramel and black  pepper. 


  • Mike: Long with oak and cinnamon spice. The dried cranberry added nutmeg spice to  the finish. The pecan made the finish very long with oak and lingering chocolate and  caramel. 
  • Matt: Medium long with oak and pepper spice. The dried cranberry made the spice a  spicy red pepper flake. The pecan made the finish very long with oak and black pepper. 

I would pair this fine Bourbon with a Jaime Garcia Reserva Especial cigar. The vanilla  and cedar spice of the smoke would pair well with the caramel and spice of the  Bourbon.

Photos Courtesy of Rebecca Hammer