Newport's New Riff Distilling Wins Bottled-in-Bond Competition Second Year in a Row

New Riff went head to head with two of the best bottled-in-bond whiskey varietals in the country.

Mar 8, 2023 at 11:35 am
click to enlarge Bottled-in-Bond Competition and Celebration whiskey tasting - Photo: Ben Gastright on behalf of meetNKY
Photo: Ben Gastright on behalf of meetNKY

Bottled-in-Bond Competition and Celebration whiskey tasting

The Tri-State's whiskey lovers have spoken: New Riff Distilling is the reigning champ at the second-annual John G. Carlisle Bottled-in-Bond Competition and Celebration.

The competition, hosted by meetNKY and The B-Line, at Smoke Justis in Covington on March 3 featured three blind-pour whiskey tastings along with specially crafted charcuterie boards to complement each spirit.

The whiskeys included some of the best bottled-in-bond whiskey varietals in the country, according to meetNKY. These selections — New Riff’s Straight Bourbon Whiskey, Early Time’s Bottled-In-Bond Bourbon and Henry McKenna’s 10-Year Single Barrel Bourbon — were nominated by members of The B-Line. Guests then got to vote on their favorite.

“We are so honored to have been named as one of the best bonded whiskies two years
in a row by those who know and love them,” New Riff distiller Mac Harris said in a press release. “It’s always fun to be able to gather with friends and whiskey enthusiasts in a shared setting to celebrate the industry and the role our region continues to play in creating world-class spirits.”

New Riff also won the inaugural Bottled-in-Bond competition in 2022, which celebrated the 125th anniversary of the passage of the Bottled In Bond Act that greatly improved the United States' whiskey quality and production.

“This event is such a fun way to celebrate Covington’s strong historical ties as a leader
in setting high standards for the whiskey industry,” president and CEO of meetNKY Julie Kirkpatrick said in the release. "Congratulations to New Riff for taking home the John G. Carlisle Award for the second year in a row for their unique flavor profile and all-around stellar spirit.”

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