2019 Cowboy

UNCUT & UNFILTERED Straight BOURBON Whiskey | 137.3 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.

2019 Cowboy Tasting Notes

Bouquet of lavender, Manhattan street-cart roasted walnuts, pipe tobacco and Arabica coffee. Powerful rush of raw honeycomb, dried cherries, toffee, warm molasses, cooked apricots, and burnt raisins. Figs and ganache. Burnt marshmallows and a Milk Dud finish. A pleasing hiss like a snake’s rattle as it settles in and numbs the tongue.

“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 6,440 750 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 137.3 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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