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Trybox Series New Make Rye - Straight from the Still

StriperGuy Oct 1, 2011 08:16 AM

Picked up a bottle of this in upstate NY:


It is from Heaven Hill, and on the back it says it had the same Mashbill as Rittenhouse rye.

Really good stuff and reasonable at $23 a bottle. 62% ABV so potent stuff.

They also had a corn version.

Really superb stuff. Nice zing of the rye. Gosh I love unaged whiskey, rum, etc where the underlying taste of the grain/fermentation stock comes through.

Comparable to the Tuthilltown stuff at 1/2 the price.

Will taste it again tonight and write some more comments.

Pretty bottle too and they had it right on the shelf next to the Tuthilltown...

Here's a longer writeup from someone's whiskey blog:


I think this is a great trend!

  1. JMF Oct 2, 2011 05:45 AM

    I too think it is a great trend. To be honest I like some of the artisanal unaged whiskies better than the big boys. The better of the artisanal ones are made to be drunk unaged, very low temp. and slow distillation, with very conservative cuts so that they will be smooth and drinkable. But ones like Trybox, Buffalo Trace, etc. are the same spirit that was meant to be aged, and it shows. They can be hot, and rough. I tried the whole Trybox line two days ago and couldn't sip them neat. On the rocks they tamed down a bit but were pretty intense. They were well made, and may have had more conservative cuts deeper into the heart than normal. But they just weren't meant to be unaged in my opinion. It was really interesting to try the new make corn spirit that becomes Elijah Craig, and Elijah Craig 18 side by side. The wood and char character, the long oxidation, the breakdown of the long chain substances, etc. really show well.

    On a side note, right now I am doing some aging experiments with neutral spirit and different woods to see how the wood effects the spirit. cooper friend sent me 12 different types of wood to play with.

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    1. re: JMF
      StriperGuy Oct 2, 2011 07:39 AM

      I am sure a better job can big done than the big boys for sure. I do the the Trybox would be undrinkable straight particularly at 62%. I drank it on the rocks. I wish the micros would not all charge such crazy $ it makes it a splurge instead of an every day tipple for me.

      Can't WAIT to try some of your products.

    2. t
      taketheunder Oct 2, 2011 03:18 PM

      Drink fresh distilled spirits is a totally new concept to me, but I will be looking for New Make rye.

      I liken it to the recent generation of IPA beers that have a pronounced ingredient (hops) taste.

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