New Riff Distilling in Newport is releasing a special new whiskey to commemorate their new warehouse in Silver Grove as well as the past.
Silver Grove whiskey is the distillery’s first blend at barrel proof. To craft the spirit, the distillery says it used a unique combination that favored malted rye over standard rye, using a 65% corn, 30% malted rye and 5% malted barley mashbill. New Riff co-founder Jay Erisman says it’s the first time the distillery has offered a barrel-proof whiskey that’s a vatting of many barrels, not a single barrel.
The whiskey is also a nod to a past whiskey released under the Silver Grove name in the 1930s.
“The original Silver Grove was a 1933 bottling distilled in 1917 at the Edward Brinkmann Distillery in Cincinnati’s Carthage neighborhood,” Erisman said in a press release. “This release is a nod to both the area’s distilling past and to New Riff’s future with our new warehouse in Silver Grove. And this whiskey is truly a new riff on an old tradition: a meeting place of vintage labels with a robust barrel-proof bourbon with unique flavors from malted rye.”
Silver Grove is described as being spicy with an added roundness and mellowness from the malted rye.
“It’s very approachable straight up, full-strength out of the bottle,” Erisman said. “But adding a splash of water will unlock all the flavor secrets and the fullest experience.”
Silver Grove will be released April 15 for $55.99 a bottle. It’ll only be available in New Riff’s gift shop. Proceeds will benefit the Silver Grove Community Foundation.
New Riff, 24 Distillery Way, Newport. More info: newriffdistilling.com.
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