Of all the bourbon barrels we filled in 2008, our favorite barrel at the distillery was Barrel Number 6. Why? It produced a bourbon that, in just over a year, had matured into a handsome spirit with more taste, sophistication, and elegance than we had ever hoped to achieve. So good, that we bottled the bourbon the very day we sampled it, and decided that it would become our signature profile. Every barrel we sample from must be as good as or better than this profile bourbon before it goes into a small batch.
Of course, we'd carefully monitored how this particular bourbon was made, so we knew how to replicate the recipe. Indeed, every barrel we produced over the next few years was made just like Barrel Number 6. This is the bourbon that became our flagship: Garrison Brothers Texas Straight Bourbon Whiskey.
The original vintage had a rich velvety nose of caramel, butterscotch, vanilla, nutmeg, and coconut. But the real character was revealed in the finish-long, smooth, and buttery, like warm caramelized sugar crackling and melting across your tongue. This bourbon should be savored slowly, at bottle proof, perhaps with a little water or soda, but never with cola or lemon-lime soda. If you're mixing it with something like that, you really shouldn't be buying our bourbon.
It was the smoothest bourbon whiskey we'd ever tasted. Production was increased and distribution was expanded. As of 2013, six unique vintages of this bourbon have been introduced across the great state of Texas and all have sold out in a matter of months.
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