2020 Cowboy

UNCUT & UNFILTERED Straight BOURBON Whiskey | 133.9 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.

2020 Cowboy Tasting Notes

Deceptive aroma of firewater, firewood, and freshly cut cedar. Clears sinuses instantly. Unexpected sweet flavors of caramel candy, toasted figs, scorched molasses, toasted honey, plum jelly, creamy coffee liqueur, sugary cinnamon apple pie sugar, and crust. Gum puckering, tongue-numbing oily goodness. King-like Uber-bourbon.

“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. 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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