Last week was bittersweet in Hye, Texas. A distributor’s truck arrived and hauled off an amazing little bourbon.
“Little” may apply to the 375-ml size of the bottle, but nothing else is little about Garrison Brothers’ Cowboy Bourbon. This is the first new bourbon we have introduced since we released Garrison Brothers Texas Straight Bourbon Whiskey on Texas Independence Day in 2010. This bourbon is uncut and unfiltered, straight from the barrel, weighing in at 136 proof. It is not for the faint of heart and certainly not for casual drinking. It is a limited release – just 600 bottles – of the finest bourbon we’ve ever made.
At Garrison Brothers Distillery we have bottled bourbon from more than 500 barrels so far. The ten best tasting barrels we’ve ever discovered were held back and hidden for almost four years. The few precious drops of bourbon remaining in those barrels is our Cowboy Bourbon. It won’t be introduced again until 2015.
I asked our distributor to hold back a portion of these bottles for the five Hill Country Liquor Stores (in Blanco and Gillespie Counties) who have been so instrumental in helping us get this business off the ground. The Cowboy will ride into these towns on Friday, May 10 or Saturday, May 11. I would anticipate that stores in Austin, San Antonio, Dallas, Houston, Fort Worth and other Texas towns will receive their allocated bottles a week or two later.
If you’re looking for a bottle, you are more likely to find one at stores who have been selling Garrison Brothers from the get-go.
Like all Cowboys, this one probably won’t stick around too long.
And I should warn you, it may set you back a little. We’re anticipating retailers will price these rare bottles at $159.99 to $169.99. We won’t be announcing this publicly until Tuesday, May 14. So … you’re the first to know.