From the beginning, New Riff sought to use a wide variety of new charred oak cooperage, in an ongoing quest to find the best barrels for our whiskey. But we started out following the “Keep It Simple, Stupid” approach. Larry Ebersold advised us to just use a basic, standard issue Bourbon barrel, and obtain a baseline with a few years of aging. Only after that, can a distiller make wise choices about other barrel techniques. Today, we use 100% toasted oak, along with a few barrels using extra-air-drying on the staves. This matrix of barrels delivers a complex, comprehensive array of maturation influence upon all our whiskeys.