New Riff Balboa Rye

New Riff Balboa Rye bottle

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New Riff Balboa Rye

New Riff Balboa Rye is a bottled-in-bond rye whiskey produced by New Riff. It uses 100% rye grain in its mashbill, but 95% of the recipe uses a heirloom rye that dates back to the 1940s known as Balboa Rye.

The Balboa rye used by New Riff is grown exclusively by their corn farmer, Charles Fogg, in Greensburg, Indiana. The grain hadn’t been used for distilling in decades, and the grain itself is smaller than modern rye varietals, meaning that the yield per acre is lower.

New Riff suggests that Balboa Rye has a fruiter profile than a typical rye whiskey, saying that it “offers shimmering notes of spiced fruit unique from our flagship New Riff Rye.”

Balboa Rye is bottled in bond and does not use chill filtration before bottling at 100 proof. Bottled-in-Bond bourbons are produced under strict regulations, including being distilled in a single distilling season at one distillery, aged in a federally bonded warehouse for at least four years, and bottled at 100 proof (50% alcohol by volume).