Garrison Brothers Cowboy 2019… Better than BTAC?

2019 Garrison Brothers Cowboy release is a 5 year Texas Bourbon at 137.3 proof. Made from Texas Panhandle White Corn, and blended from three different barrel types, it is a limited release of only 6,440 bottles. The distillery is in Hye, Texas, about an hour outside of Austin, and is a great place to visit for tours.

The bottle is the classic Garrison Brothers bottle but this year it is dipped in Gold wax, a first for them. Dark cowboy color, just like you except from the Cowboy.

Roasted graham crackers, stewed blackberries, dark chocolate dusted over dark roasted espresso beans, butterscotch, Twix, burnt almonds and dark molasses. This is a huge nose with a good heat but certainly doesn’t betray the 137 proof level.

Big mouthfeel. Big flavor. Huge finish. I mean, it’s Texas Bourbon right? There is a big hug but not overwhelming. The mouthfeel has nice oils and tannins but not a crazy amount, it’s well balanced. The taste gives you the dried and stewed fruit with molasses and butterscotch in waves. The finish is about two minutes. This really hits the spot for me.

I’ve always been a big fan of everything Dan Garrison and the team does. I’ve visited the Distillery and attended a dinner in NYC with them as well. Full disclosure, I paid retail for this and for all the things I’ve done with them. I’ve asked for samples, but Dan has always politely refused. It’s ok, it’s worth the price every time! I opened the bottle at a family gathering and it was a polarizing drink. Split down the middle some people loved it and some people hated it. Too hot, too big, too smoky, etc. If you have followed some of the reviews of Garrison Brothers over the years, you will see that as well. It is polarizing to many reviewers. You’ll never see an average review for them. It’s always amazing or not their style. For me, it’s my style. It’s a home run. I like my Bourbon big, uncut, unfiltered and no apologies. Dan and his team, with their Texas swagger, produce a product that just understands my soul–thank you guys. I bought a case of it this year and if I see more I’ll buy it. This is a bottle, if you share a similar palate to me, you are going to want to drink and to have at least a backup in your bunker. They only made 6,440 of these bottles and I already own 0.1% of them… when they are gone, they are gone.

Garrison Brothers: Keep up the good work and I can’t wait until the next big release!

96.5/100 … If I had any critiques, I’d like a little more oily mouthfeel and slightly longer finish. But these are minor issues. I think this release is on par or better than every single BTAC released this year.

Garrison Brothers Estacado

It’s good to have friends who live near Hye, TX… thanks to Facebook for making it happen (I wrote this pre-BSM crackdown…).

This one is a special release, 3yr Texas Bourbon, finished in port wine barrels. 107 proof.

Nice dark color as all the Garrison Bros bourbons do… Burned brown sugar, cinnamon stick, ginger snaps, graham crackers, with just the hint of port in the background.

Easy down for Garrison, smooth finish, long and enjoyable. I think some people may love this one the best, as it’s probably the most approachable Garrison Brothers I’ve ever had… but at the same time it’s missing some of the sharper edges and dust that I’ve come to love and expect from Garrison. It’s another excellent release but I think the finish has removed some of the terroir of Hye. 94/100.IMG_4788

Garrison Brothers Balmorhea Review

I wasn’t able to find this at retail so I had to pay up on secondary. Range is $100-$150 from what I saw. It’s a 375ml 115 Proof Texas Straight Bourbon Whiskey. This was Jim Murray’s number one micro distillery whiskey of the year. And I love Garrison Brothers, so I had to try it. Aged four years.. two years in new barrel and then two more in new one.

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I had it shipped to my work to save the guy on shipping and I decided to pop it on the train ride home. Always important to have a Glen Cairn with you wherever you go… #ProTip

Deep dark color, love that Garrisons color. Same great nose I’m used to, big spice, cinnamon, all-spice… then burnt brown sugar, carrot cake, fresh ginger snaps w/ candied pecans, dark espresso and cocoa. Mouthfeel is awesome, heat is enjoyable and finish is long. Some people think The Cowboy is too hot (I don’t), but this one is so approachable. It’s big but not a monster, and just a spectacular finish. Never goes bitter, never falls off. It’s just wonderful.

The bottle looks great and the juice tastes wonderful. Only knock I have is that it’s expensive, and the 375ml will go too fast. Worth the secondary price though if you are a Garrison Brothers fan. I certainly am! 96/100.

P.S. If anyone is willing to cost plus ship a bottle to me, or willing to trade something, send me a DM, I want more.  Thanks!

Balmorhea

Garrison Brothers Balmorhea Bourbon Review

https://www.foodnewsfeed.com/content/garrison-brothers-distillery-wins-american-micro-whiskey-year

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Garrison Brothers Texas Straight Bourbon Whiskey: Another great drink!

Garrison Brothers Texas Straight Bourbon Whiskey 2yr

Another corn whiskey from Texas and this one is just a baby at two years. I bought this one after falling in love with the Cowboy hoping to find the same magic in a bottle at 40% of the price. The photo gives away all the info that you need… I bought the Cowboy three weeks ago and the regular two weeks ago and they both have less than a third left. Actions speak louder than words… In vino veritas.

#1 Panhandle White corn variety
Corn harvested in 2000, distilled and barreled in 2010, released in 2013.
Bottle number 16409, 47% alcohol, born and bred in Hye, Texas.

Dark Amber with tiny charcoal dust floating in the bottle.

The nose is similar to the Cowboy with caramel popcorn, a little butterscotch and some French toast brioche.

The palate is extremely smooth and very enjoyable. It isn’t nearly as big or complex or tannic as the older brother but it is very enjoyable. The finish is long for a sub 100 proof whiskey with a very pleasing mouthfeel.  This doesn’t taste or smell like a two year old whiskey at all… Clearly the Texas weather does something special.

This bourbon is basically a baby brother of the Cowboy with similar characteristics, just not as much. I usually switch to this one after over consuming the Cowboy to save money once I’ve drank too much. It’s a good bourbon on its own, but again suffers from the same high price as the other… but to be fair, they use the highest quality ingredients and are a small producer, so they don’t get the economies of scale that a Buffalo Trace would get.  The products are expensive, but so are the inputs, so it is understandable.  So far everything Garrison Brothers has produced that I have tried has been absolutely top notch.  I am willing to pay for the quality. They should bottle this at barrel proof like the older brother, and would be worth another two points on the grade at least. I can’t wait to try what they come up with next!

If you aren’t trying the products that are coming out of Garrison Brothers you are doing yourself a disservice.

94/100.

 

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Garrison Brothers Cowboy: Best 4 Year Whiskey EVER.

Garrison Brothers Cowboy Bourbon Barrel Proof Texas Straight Bourbon Whiskey. 2015 Release date, 2nd Release.

So this was one of those bottles at $200 I was hesitant to purchase given my past experience with Texas whiskey. I generally don’t love younger whiskeys and Balcones younger production has been disappointing. But given the reviews of the first release, I took a leap of faith.  However… Let me first say that I’m extremely excited that this is a barrel proof bourbon. Clocking in at 67.5%, this one packs a wallop.  Barrel proof is always the way to go, which is probably the only reason I pulled the trigger on this bottle.

The color is very dark, deep amber, like a very old whiskey…. But this is only four years in oak.

You can smell the heat but it’s not over the top, especially not for a 135 proof bourbon. You can envision caramelized popcorn when inhaling the nose.  There is a hint of ethanol in the background, but only the taste will let me know if the popcorn or ethanol is on the palate.  It’s a powerful nose, but extremely complex.

I’m blown away by how smooth this is in my mouth. For a four year corn whiskey from Texas at 135 proof, it’s like butter–the heat is there but only in the background and supports rather than detracts from the experience. In addition to the youth, there is some pretty strong wood tannins in this one, must be the Texas heat accelerating the aging process.  The sweetness of the caramel popcorn is there… the taste just continues on and on.

The more I try this the more I love it. I can’t believe how smooth and interesting this four year whiskey. My personal bias tends to be towards older whiskeys and non-100% corn whiskeys, so I’m floored by how much I love this.

I added some water to this and it brings out more youthful corn smell and taste which I don’t like. Very weird how it’s better and smoother without any water.

This is an expensive whiskey.  That’s a fact. I wish this was $50 or less and if it was I would probably give it my highest score ever and buy 50 bottles for my bunker, but it’s $200 and only 5200 bottles were released. I’m elevating this bourbon to unicorn status. This truly is one of the greats out there and easily the best four year whiskey I’ve ever tasted in my entire life.  I still can’t believe that it is this smooth at 135 proof and this young.  If this were $50, it would get a perfect score–it’s not though…  96/100

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