2018 Cowboy

UNCUT & UNFILTERED Straight BOURBON Whiskey | 137 PROOF

Every now and then, Garrison Brothers releases one of the most highly-coveted bourbon whiskies in America: Cowboy Bourbon. This was the American Whiskey of the Year in Jim Murray’s 2014 & 2017 Whisky Bibles. It’s the ultimate ambrosia. Unlike the Small Batch, The Cowboy comes from Dan and Donnis’ favorite barrels. They’re set aside for a couple of years for further maturation and the liquid is bottled at cask-strength, uncut and unfiltered.

GOT YOUR HANDS ON ONE? TREASURE IT.

It takes a special barrel to create a bourbon nectar sweet enough to be enjoyed at such a high proof. The potency normally overpowers the flavor. This ain’t the case with the Cowboy – it’s so sweet, the flavor overpowers its proof. And you can thank the Texas heat for that.

But as delicious as it all sounds, make sure you proceed with caution; barrel-proof bourbon is not for everyone. It should always be savored in moderation. For something strong enough to run a car engine, the finish is incredibly smooth. While surprising, maybe it ought not be, as that restraint makes it ideal for summertime drinking. This stuff was heat-forged in Texas, after all.

2018 Cowboy Tasting Notes

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.

“Four years in Texas evidently equates to 23 in Kentucky: there’s a Geography lesson for you.”

- Jim Murray

Once it’s gone, it’s gone forever.

These past releases of Cowboy Bourbon were pretty good. This one is better. This year’s release will be 4,725 750 mL-sized bottles. Every barrel used in this release was five years old: the oldest bourbon whiskey ever made in Texas. Finally, it will be barrel proof. Straight from the barrel. Unfiltered. Uncut. Cask strength at 133.9 proof!

Each bottle is housed in a rugged, custom-built American white oak gift box lined with a satin pillow, branded with the Garrison Brothers brand. Each bottle is hand-signed and numbered by master distiller Donnis Todd.

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