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Garrison Brothers Cowboy Bourbon Saddles Up Again

Early on in my whiskey buying career hobby obsession I came across Specs, a liquor store chain out of Texas which let me get access through online purchasing to whiskey made from distilleries in that state. I happened to be on the site at the time they were selling the now legendary Cowboy Bourbon from Garrison Brothers, and now a bottle of it sits proudly in my collection.

I mention all of this as background to alert you to the fact the distillery has just announced plans for a new, larger expanded release of a longer aged version of this popular bourbon, the original of which was named at the time in Jim Murray’s Whiskey Bible as the Micro Whiskey of the Year, scoring a remarkable 96 points.

Garrison Brothers Cowboy Bourbon

Whereas the original 2013 release of Garrison Brothers Cowboy Bourbon was very small in scope (just 600 375 ml bottles), the 2015 re-release will be available nationwide to the tune of 5,200 750 ml bottles. The whiskey will also have been longer in barrel, hitting four years of time stored away in “North American” White Oak barrels, according to Garrison Brothers, reportedly making it the oldest bourbon ever produced in Texas.

Cowboy Bourbon is described as being made from “organic Panhandle corn, soft red winter wheat grown at the distillery, two-row malted barley and ultra-pure Hill Country rainwater.” It clocks in at a rather healthy 135 proof and is uncut, noted as not being made for the faint of heart, cocktails or for heavy drinking. It is, in the words of those who made it, meant instead

to be sipped and savored slowly in moderation.

The bourbon will come packaged in a custom white American oak box, lined with deerskin. Each bottle is hand-numbered and signed by master distiller Donnis Todd, with Dan Garrison’s signature on the back of the box.

As for release plans, Texans will get first crack at it by the end of the summer, followed by liquor stores in other states. As for price, I would guess it will drop between about $160 to $170, which is in line with what Garrison said it expected retailers would originally price the 2013 bottling at.

“The color alone makes this bourbon remarkable, but the taste and finish is the stuff of legends,” said distillery owner Garrison in a statement.

About the author

Nino Marchetti

As the founder of The Whiskey Wash, I'm crazy about whiskey, I can tell you, and I aim to share this passion with you through this site. As for my professional background, I’m a writer and journalist by trade and an Internet dot-com veteran prior to that. My most recent venture prior to this was as the founder and editor-in-chief of EarthTechling, a leading consumer focused green technology news website. I also have an extensive collection of whiskies from both start up distilleries and centuries old operations in Scotland alike, sprinkled with some other odds and ends from around the world, that have provided me with a unique picture of what’s going on with this wonderful spirit.

  • MadMex

    Like a wildfire, Specs is taking over Texas. Their premium selection is excellent and prices hard to beat, especially for special bottling’s – like for this Cowboy Bourbon. When everyone else asks for $100 – Specs asks for $85. That’s buying power – not power gouging.

  • ken35

    I love Specs. My family has shopped there for decades.
    I now live in midtown Houston literally stumbling distance from the big, 4-story Specs commonly referred to as “the downtown” location.

    As for Garrison Brothers Cowboy bourbon, I pity the fool who tries to drink this quickly. Its quite possibly the best, strongest whiskey I have ever tasted. More flavor, and more alcohol. You HAVE to sip this adult beverage!