Because of very limited distribution, it took a trip to Texas for me to finally find Garrison Brothers. I had heard so many promising reviews of Garrison Brothers, so I was really looking forward to my trip last week to San Antonio. But I had also heard that it was a bit pricey. The website embraces its price by stating “Garrison Brothers Texas Straight Bourbon Whiskey is NOT for everyday drinking. It’ll set you back a little. It should be enjoyed in moderation, straight up, or with just a little ice.”
After striking out at several restaurants on the River Walk and at the market, I finally found Garrison Brothers served at The Republic of Texas Restaurant on the River Walk, where they were kind enough to also show me the bottle (pictured below). Would this young bourbon be worth the steep price?
Bourbon: Garrison Brothers Texas Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Distillery: Garrison Brothers Distillery, Hye, Texas.
Age: Two years.
Proof: 94 proof.
Cost: About $70.00 ($12.00 by the drink)
The color is a lot darker than I’d expect from a young bourbon; it’s an appealing dark amber.
Honey sweetness, grassy and a ton of corn. There wasn’t any real spice to speak of on the nose, but it was pleasant.
I only drank it neat. The taste was mostly corn sweetness, with only a little cinnamon spice and no earthy or oaky flavors. It was definitely young from a lack of depth or complexity, but it was good nevertheless. It seemed a little syrupy at the end, but not in a bad way.
The finish was medium in length but it lingered, and it again had mostly sweet flavors.
Garrison Brothers Texas Straight Bourbon Whiskey isn’t bad by any stretch – it’s a decent whiskey – but it’s no $70.00 bottle of whiskey. There are plenty of $20-$30 bourbons that are better any day of the week, and several sub-$20 bottles too. Unless the price gets more realistic, leave this one on the shelf.
Score on The Sipp’n Corn Scale: 2.5 (because of the price)
The Sipp’n Corn Scale™:
1 – Wouldn’t even accept a free drink of it.
2 – Would gladly drink it if someone else was buying.
3 – Glad to include this in my bar.
4 – Excellent bourbon. Worth the price and I’m sure to always have it in my bar.
5 – Wow. I’ll search high and low to get another bottle of this.