Austin, TX (March 18, 2021) – Garrison Brothers Distillery is proud to announce a new line of Small Batch bourbon infused cigars created by PAYNE-MASON Cigars, America’s Premier Cigar Manufacture. The partnership marks the first of its kind for Texas’ first legal distillery with the cigars to be sold online and at the Garrison Brothers Distillery in Hye, Texas. Using the finest rare, aged tobacco from around the world, the new cigar line is comprised of authentic 100% hand-made cigars by PAYNE-MASON’s Cuban Master Rollers. This custom line includes one bourbon infused Flagship Cigar, along with Three (3) additional, non-infused cigars, blended specifically to pair with the characteristic of the four (4) bourbon expressions.
Garrison Brothers and PAYNE-MASON worked together to identify the exact blends of PAYNE-MASON’s long-leaf tobaccos that would seamlessly accompany Garrison Brothers’ handcrafted bourbon. They then took it to the next level by infusing Garrison Brothers’ whiskey directly into one of the cigars and further aging it in a used white oak Garrison Brothers barrel at the Payne-Mason headquarters. The Garrison Brothers line launching today consists of three varieties of Payne-Mason’s Toro offerings and the one-of-a-kind Torpedo Garrison.
“Garrison Brothers Bourbon is the best in the world, and when paired with a PAYNE-MASON Cigar, you will be well rewarded,” shares Andy Tincher, Bourbon Evangelist, Garrison Brothers Distillery.
The Torpedo Garrison is infused with Garrison Brothers’ Small Batch Bourbon, wrapped in 6-year aged Dominican Corojo and features a complex combination of Dominican, Honduran and Nicaraguan tobaccos. It completes its aging process in used 4-year old empty Small Batch Bourbon Barrels resulting in a decadent aromatic experience with notes of nutmeg and vanilla on the nose, rich vanilla white cake on the pallet, with soft bourbon influence. As inspired by its infusion, this cigar is intended to be paired with the classic Garrison Brothers Small Batch.
The new line is rounded out with the Toros which are individually paired with specific Garrison Brothers bourbon expressions. The Toro Golden is silky smooth and creamy with a nutty finish in a 5-year aged Connecticut Shade Grown wrapper. The mild-bodied cigar is best paired with Garrison Brothers’ HoneyDew bourbon. The Toro Barber is slightly spicy, complex and nutty and features a combined 5 year aged Connecticut Shade Natural wrapper and 6-year aged Dominican Corojo wrapper. The medium-bodied cigar is meant to be paired with Garrison Brothers’ Single Barrel. The Toro Maduro is meant to accompany Garrison Brothers’ ‘bourbon candy in a bottle’ Balmorhea. The full-bodied cigar offers a complex character with a smooth chocolate and coffee finish and a dark 8-year naturally aged, rich and oily Maduro wrapper.
A portion of the proceeds of these cigars go to Good Bourbon for a Good Cause. Good Bourbon for a Good Cause (GBGC) is a 501c3 public charity founded by the employees and owners of Garrison Brothers Distillery. The primary philanthropic goals of GBGC are to support worthy veteran’s causes, Texas parks and open spaces, and healthcare and support for furloughed hospitality industry workers.
ABOUT PAYNE-MASON CIGARS
Holding strictly to the cultural ways of our roller’s Cuban heritage, who for decades have perfected their art, PAYNE-MASON continues a dedication to tradition and authenticity utilizing age-old family recipes while being unaffected by today’s use of modern mass production technologies.
The authenticity of our 100% hand rolled cigars is further enhanced by the select use of rare, aged leaf from the richest tobacco growing regions of the world. The “No Compromise” growing methods are combined with age-old, time enhanced curing processes, resulting in the most premium cigars available today.
Each cigar features an aged Ecuadorian binder and is encased in a sealed glass tube, which acts as its own humidifier, to ensure freshness. Cigars can be purchased at https://garrisonbros.paynemason.com/. The Toros retail for $16.50 and The Torpedo Garrison for $19.95.
ABOUT GARRISON BROTHERS DISTILLERY
Garrison Brothers Distillery is a small farm and ranch located in the beautiful Texas Hill Country that authentically produces straight bourbon whiskey. Garrison Brothers introduced the first bourbon whiskey legally made in Texas in 2010 and has since developed a rabid fan base. They currently have a waitlist of more than 15,000 just to volunteer on bottling days, and their Cowboy Bourbon™ normally sells out within hours of its release. Garrison Brothers is the first legal bourbon distillery in Texas history and is one of the first distilleries in America outside of Kentucky to produce authentic, handmade bourbon whiskey—and only bourbon whiskey. The business was founded in 2006.
Every expression of Garrison Brothers bourbon is made from a sweet mash bill and barrel-aged in the intense Texas climate. The extreme heat creates multiple aging seasons in a year, resulting in a darker, richer, and fuller bourbon; bolder than almost any other bourbon on the market.
At the San Francisco World Spirits Competition in 2020, the Garrison Brothers team was awarded a double gold medal for its Balmorhea Twice-Barreled Bourbon, a silver medal for its Single Barrel Bourbon, and a bronze for its Small Batch Bourbon. Garrison Brothers was voted Best Craft Whiskey Distillery in America by readers of USA Today in 2017.
Garrison Brothers is a proud and active member of the communities of Blanco, Fredericksburg, Hye, Johnson City, and Stonewall. The distillery and its barrel barns are open to the public for tours in Hye, Texas. Anyone interested in learning more about Garrison Brothers Bourbon or in taking a tour of the distillery should visit garrisonbros.com or follow @garrisonbros on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
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