New Riff Distilling was recently awarded top merit in the Fall 2023 John BarleyCorn Awards competition, receiving Double Gold and Gold awards for all 10 submissions – the distillery’s personal best showing in this prestigious spirits competition.

Created by spirits writers and marketers to honor creative excellence in all aspects of the spirits industry—from formulating and distilling products to innovative promotion and imaging — the John Barleycorn Awards honor exceptional work in separate categories for taste and marketing/design. The Taste judging is under the leadership of noted author and spirits writer John McCarthy, who oversees some of the world’s top spirits writers and runs the BarleycornDrinks blog. 

  • Double gold medals: Yellow Leaming Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey; New Riff Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey Bottled in Bond. 
  • Gold medals: Blue Clarage Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey; Kentucky Sour Mash Single Malt Whiskey; New Riff Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey Bottled in Bond; New Riff Single Barrel Bourbon Whiskey; Kentucky Straight Malted Rye Whiskey; Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey Winter Whiskey; New Riff Balboa Rye Whiskey; New Riff Single Barrel Rye Whiskey. 

The 2023 “Best of Year” Barleycorn winners will be selected from the highest spring and fall scores.

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