For being a small distillery in Texas, the Garrison Brothers have a fairly wide range of products. But their flagship Whiskey is their Barrel #6 Bourbon.
The name stems from when they were just getting started and had a dozen or so test barrels aging in their warehouse, as they were refining their formulation.
The Garrison’s determined that the Bourbon aging in barrel #6 was the optimal formula. Thus the name, and Barrel #6 Bourbon Whiskey is still the core of their product line.
The aroma has strong notes of butterscotch and vanilla with a bit of coconut. The palate crackles with caramelized sugar and brown butter and warm toast. The mouth-feel is pleasantly thick and rich too.
Dan Garrison -- an ex-marketing executive for a tech company -- founded Garrison Bros. in 2008, after being laid off by a former employer.
Garrison put a few investors and family members together, and started selling product contract from other distilleries. After a few years they generated enough resources and market interest to officially launch a distillery in 2008, about 60 miles west of Austin in the tiny town of Hye, Texas.
In order to set themselves apart, and maintain an authentic Texas character, they set up large cisterns to catch local rainwater. They also use 100% local barley, corn, and wheat grown on their own 65 acre ranch, in the making of their signature spirits.
They have slowly ramped up production, and now have a tight range of Bourbons, as well as a handful of innovative “experimental” Whiskeys.