The intense climate in Hye, Texas, where the Garrison Brothers distillery sits pretty, north of San Antonio and west of Austin, lends itself to a non-traditional aging process; prolonged heat encourages the corn-to-cork bourbon to soak in every bit of seasoning from the charred American oak barrels as it rests. The result is a richly hued, caramel-forward product with notes of sweet corn, apple, toasted pecan, and autumn spice.
The company releases a new Small Batch expression ($91) every year for customers wanting to build a collection. For a wilder experience that packs some sweet heat, buckle up for a finger or two of the unfiltered 131-proof Cowboy Bourbon. There’s also the port cask-finished Guadalupe bourbon ($130), the 115-proof twice-aged Balmorhea micro whiskey ($168), and a HoneyDew whiskey ($91) infused with Texas wildflower honey.
New this year, a Payne-Mason line of cigars specifically designed to pair with Garrison Brothers products makes stocking stuffing and gift giving a no-brainer; for $19.95, the Torpedo Garrison arrives pre-infused with the company’s Small Batch bourbon.
Garrison Brothers Small Batch bourbon is easiest to find deep in the heart of the state—but hunt around. It makes gift-giving for your special Longhorn all the more fun.