Heaven Hill Trybox Bourbon New Make is the foundation of all Heaven Hill rye’d bourbon. This is the unaged new make that is barrel aged and becomes Evan Williams, Elijah Craig, certain Parker’s Heritage releases, and any number of bourbons that are sourced from Heaven Hill. At 62.5% ABV, Heaven Hill also kindly bottled it at barrel-entry proof (aka full proof), giving us the full experience of what I might call infant bourbon. For those who like to get a little adventurous, drinking new make is a wonderful way to learn about the origins of a bourbon and explore how it transforms from white spirit to that lovely oak-matured bourbon. For others…it’s completely undrinkable and awful.
This New Make was first released in 2011, and I think that it was either a one-time release or was occasionally released for a few years and discontinued around 2014. Lucky for me, I happened to stumble onto one of these in the summer of 2020 and knew that I had to have it, especially since I enjoyed it so much at Jack Rose Saloon years ago. For better or worse, few major distilleries sell their new make via retailers because it’s probably not all that popular, although some do sell it at the distillery as a fun find (e.g., Maker’s Mark). I really like new make, so let’s dive into the Elijah Craig and Evan Williams origin story in this Heaven Hill Trybox Bourbon New Make review / exploration.