Situated on a rolling ranch in Texas Hill Country, Garrison Brothers Distillery was founded in 2005. The distillery is the oldest legal whiskey distillery in Texas. "Like everything in the Lone Star State, our dreams were big from the start," says Dan Garrison, the distillery's owner. "We didn't want to make just any bourbon, we wanted to make the best bourbon ever made."
Garrison Brothers Texas Straight Bourbon Whiskey is made from organic corn, wheat and barley. "We get about 30,000 pounds of corn, wheat and barley delivered a month," says Garrison. "The wheat comes from our own fields - we have 65 acres of wheat on the other side of the property." In addition, the corn is harvested from local fields in Texas while the barley is sourced from the Pacific Northwest.
Once the grains arrive at the distillery, they are milled and mashed before being fermented for four days. Following fermentation, the wash is distilled through an antique, copper pot still nicknamed the copper cowgirl. "She was made as an experimental still," says Garrison, "for Wild Turkey Distillery."After the bourbon has been distilled, it is aged in charred, American oak barrels. "The char softens the wood, and allows the bourbon to expand into the wood. When it gets hot - and it gets hot out here in Texas - that bourbon will soak deep into the wood and extract the chemical compounds that are in there."
In 2013, Dan Garrison unveiled a secret stock of barrels which he'd been hiding away at the distillery for several years. According to Dan, these were the ten best barrels he'd ever tasted at Garrison Brothers Distillery, and he decided to bottle them together as a special release: Garrison Brothers Cowboy Bourbon. The bourbon "? which was uncut and unfiltered, coming in at an astounding 136 proof "? was limited to only 600 bottles, and immediately won myriad accolades including Jim Murray's "Micro Whisky of the Year". Now, for the first time since 2013, Garrison Brothers Distillery is releasing another Garrison Brothers Cowboy Bourbon, aged twice as long and this time with just 5,200 bottles available nationwide.
The oldest bourbon ever produced in Texas, Garrison Brothers Cowboy Bourbon Barrel Proof Texas Straight Bourbon Whiskey has a bright mahogany color and aroma of burnt sugar, caramel and baking spices. The palate is filled with warm notes of peach cobbler, vanilla extract and roasted nuts, and leads to a smooth finish accented by pipe tobacco, cornbread and melted butter.
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