Though Texas has long been a big consumer of bourbon, since around 2010 the state has been on a meteoric rise in bourbon production, with its own unique approach to America’s native spirit. The Lone Star State now has over a hundred whiskey distilleries, the Texas Whiskey Association (TXWA) and a number of outstanding distilleries that are working to define what a Texas bourbon is. Though generally big, bold and intense, Texan bourbons can be as diverse as the massive state itself.
“We think of bourbon as the nectar of the gods,” says Dan Garrison, the founder and proprietor of Garrison Brothers, located about an hour outside of Austin in Texas hill country. Its first bourbon was Young Gun, released on March 2 (Texas Independence Day), 2010. The expression is no longer available today, but the distillery puts out a number of craft whiskeys, from a straight bourbon that retails for around $80 to $90 to the flagship product, Cowboy. Retailing at $200 to $250, the uncut, unfiltered bourbon comes from a blend of the distillers’ favorite barrels.
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