April of 2013 was bittersweet in Hye, Texas. A distributor’s truck arrived and hauled off an amazing little bourbon.
“Little” may apply to the 375-ml size of the bottle, but nothing else was little about Garrison Brothers’ Cowboy Bourbon™. This was the first new bourbon we had introduced since we released Garrison Brothers Texas Straight Bourbon Whiskey on Texas Independence Day in 2010. This bourbon was uncut and unfiltered, straight from the barrel, weighing in at 136 proof. It was not for the faint of heart and certainly not for casual drinking. It was a limited release – just 600 bottles – of the finest bourbon we’d ever made.
At Garrison Brothers Distillery, we had bottled bourbon from more than 500 barrels back then. The ten best tasting barrels we’d ever discovered were held back and hidden for almost four years. The few precious drops of bourbon remaining in those barrels became our Cowboy Bourbon. It won’t be introduced again until 2015.
A portion of these bottles were held back by our distributor for the five Hill Country Liquor Stores (in Blanco and Gillespie Counties) who had been so instrumental in helping us get this business off the ground. The Cowboy rode into these towns on Friday, May 10, 2013, and across the state the next week. Like all Cowboys, this one probably won’t stick around too long.
And we want to warn you, getting a bottle may set you back a little. We’re anticipating retailers will price these rare bottles at $159.99 to $169.99.