Garrison Brothers Distillery, Texas’ first legal bourbon whiskey distillery and the maker of award-winning Garrison Brothers Texas Straight Bourbon Whiskey, has announced its Cowboy Bourbon has just been named American Micro Whisky of the Year in the 2014 edition of Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible.
Internationally recognized as one of the world’s leading whiskey guides, this tenth anniversary edition of the Whisky Bible includes more than 1,100 new entries from new whiskies that Murray has tasted whiskies from all over the world. Cowboy Bourbon from Garrison Brothers stands among a select few to win honors in the American Whisky category.
“Medals from ‘spirits competitions’ are almost always dubious at best, and we’ve won plenty of them,” said proprietor Dan Garrison, “But recognition from Jim Murray is unbiased and impartial. I have never met or talked with Mr. Murray, but I am a religious reader of his Whisky Bible. His opinions are objective and even-handed. This means the world to me and my boys.”
Although the 600 bottles of this small-batch bourbon are small 375 ml bottles, the taste experience is anything but. Aged almost four years, Cowboy Bourbon is uncut and unfiltered, straight from the barrel, weighing in at 136 proof or 68 percent alcohol by volume. Over the years Garrison Brothers has bottled bourbon from more than 900 barrels, and of those barrels, the 10 best tasting were held back to become Cowboy Bourbon years later.
The Cowboy Bourbon is the first new bourbon that Hye, Texas-based Garrison Brothers Distillery has released since debuting their Texas Straight Bourbon Whiskey on Texas Independence Day in 2010.
If you haven’t been tasted the Cowboy Bourbon yet, you’ve got a wait in store. The initial release is gone and the next batch won’t be available until 2015. But you can find Garrison Brothers Texas Straight Bourbon at premium liquor stores in the area.