Deep in the heart of Texas the Garrison Brothers are distilling whiskey. My brother Eric got to visit the distillery and he brought back a bottle of their Texas Straight Bourbon Whiskey. I'm definitely glad he did. The nose gives of scents of dark caramel, dark fruit, and perhaps some maple syrup. It is sweet and a bit nutty. On the tongue the typical vanilla and caramel flavors come out along with the oak. The whiskey is noticeably young with only a little charred flavor and profound sweetness. It isn't very mellow, yet still is reasonably smooth on the back end. The whiskey presents sweet corn and oak without much complexity, which comes with being a young bourbon, but the balance is there. I'd definitely suggest to anyone to give this bourbon a shot if they can find it. Or when in Texas, seek it out!
Garrison Brothers Texas Straight Bourbon
Average Score 71.5
Whisk(e)y Wednesday is a blog post series on Bite and Booze sponsored by Calandro's Supermarket. Calandro's has one of Baton Rouge's best selections of bourbon, Scotch, and other whisk(e)ys as well as wine and craft beer. This WW feature was scored by Eric Ducote, Brenton Day, and Charles Pierce. Scores are marked for Nose, Taste, Finish, and Balance and Complexity using our own proprietary scoring system. Marks are then added and averaged, leaving us with a final score out of a 100 point scale. Our scale should be looked at on the full range of 0-100 rather than an academic range where 70 is passing and anything less is failing. A 50 should be considered a very mediocre whisk(e)y while anything below 20 is absolute horse piss and anything above 90 is rather extraordinary.