The 2018 Cowboy Bourbon Release
What We Believe
- We believe good bourbon whiskey can change the world.
- We believe good bourbon whiskey builds solid friendships.
- We believe good bourbon whiskey yields stronger faith in man and God.
- We believe good bourbon whiskey creates legendary stories.
- We believe everyone should DRINK LIKE AN ADULT™!
Introducing the 2018 release of Garrison Brothers Cowboy Bourbon.
We just bottled 4,749 bottles of the 2018 Cowboy Bourbon. Twenty-eight of the bottles will become Christmas presents for me and my staff. Two thousand five hundred will be distributed to Texas liquor stores and bars. The remainder will be shipped to states, regions, and territories of lesser importance and grandeur.
If you don’t know your liquor store manager, now is the time to become friends with him or her. Nothing displays one’s generosity and says you care more than gifting a nice bottle of good bourbon.
This is the most coveted of our releases. It rarely makes it to the shelf but is instead tucked away in the secret vault that only the most-valued patrons seem to know about. It pisses me off but at the same time, I get it.
How It’s Made.
Garrison Brothers Distillery filled 2,222 barrels in 2012 with 124 proof “white dog.” In 2016, when the barrels reached four years of age, master distiller Donnis Todd tasted his way through them (it’s a tough job, but somebody’s got to do it) and selected 208 barrels for use in the 2017 Single Barrel “pick your own barrel” program. While he tasted his way through those barrels, he found 182 barrels that he fell in love with for various reasons. Therefore, we call Donnis the Barrel Whisperer; it’s part nurturing, part confessional, never questioned. He refers to these barrels as his “piggy banks.” They are rich, dark, sweet and exquisite. These were set aside at the distillery in a barn that shall remain anonymous and mysterious. Donnis emptied these “piggy bank” barrels in December of 2017 to let the bourbon rest, mingle and breathe in a stainless-steel tank named Elsie for 8 months.
Here’s what Donnis and I think it tastes like:
A bare-knuckled heavyweight prizefighter. Big, rich and oily. Looks like mahogany syrup in a crystal glass. Ground cloves tickle your nose with still-smoking branded leather, caramel, and chili powder. Says “BOOM” on your tongue! Milk Duds. Licorice. Mom’s chocolate satin pie. Segues to S’mores on toasted cinnamon graham crackers. Scorched honey and sweet molasses. The finish is long and solid with tobacco leaves, tawny port, toffee, pecans, and chocolate fudge.
This bourbon is 134 proof. Take it easy and enjoy in moderation. If you mix it with coke, soda or water, we really don’t want to hear about it. We’d like to drink with you in heaven someday.
We will be releasing a very small quantity (just over 400 bottles) at the distillery on Friday, September 21 st. Gates open at noon, but honestly, our little farm road is filled with a line of cars by 10 am. IT WILL SELL OUT; even at the Texas law limit of two (2) bottles per person per 30 days. Don’t ask for a taste; we won’t sample it. Don’t show up a week later looking for it; it’ll be gone. And no, we do not hold, reserve, or take payments by phone or email. If you do find yourself blessed to buy a bottle of this and share it, you will be helping us change the world. And someday, there will be a special place for you at the right hand of the Father.
Enough said. Enjoy.