Sour Mash Single Malt
A NEW RIFF ON AN OLD TRADITION
Co-Founder Jay Erisman on New Riff's Single Malt Project
We formally began this saga in December of 2014 with the first malt whiskey to come off the still, a mere six months after we started distilling. But the roots of the project stretch back before that. New Riff Head Distiller Brian Sprance and I had been kicking around the possibility of running a malt whiskey on our column beer still for more than a year, and bouncing ideas off our consulting master distiller Larry Ebersold. To be honest, we weren’t sure what kind of a malt whiskey would work in a column beer still; it’s a kind of whiskey that does have a historical basis in Kentucky, but it’s not frequently made and even less frequently bottled for the public.