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Garrison Brothers Is Bringing Again Its Huge, Daring Port-Completed Bourbon

Garrison Brothers Is Bringing Again Its Huge, Daring Port-Completed Bourbon

Garrison Brothers, the first distillery to legally make bourbon in Texas, just announced the release of the new edition of its Guadalupe Bourbon. The 2024 release marks the fourth time this port cask-finished whiskey has been available, and we have all the details to share about this year’s expression.

Guadalupe is named after the Texas river that runs from the south-central part of the state down to the Gulf of Mexico. In 2015, master distiller Donnis Todd first launched this limited-release as Estacado, a four-year-old bourbon aged in port barrels from a local Texas winery. Fast-forward to 2021 when the whiskey became known as Guadalupe and was finished in barrels sourced directly from Portugal. This wheated bourbon—made from a mashbill of 74 percent corn, 15 percent wheat instead of rye, and 11 pecent malted barley—was matured for four years in new charred oak barrels and then finished in tawny port casks for an additional two years. It was bottled at 107 proof, and has really soaked up the flavors from its secondary maturation in the dry Texas climate with hot days and cool nights.

“Garrison Brothers Guadalupe 2024 release is a bold, beautiful bourbon,” said Todd in a statement “[It] demonstrates the symphony of amazing Texas sized temperature swings in Hye paired with four years in white American oak casks then two more years in port casks.” Official tasting notes describe a creamy mouthfeel with notes of berry fruit, ripe plums, strawberry butter on flaky morning biscuits, toasted coffee bean, chocolate, and cinnamon on the palate.

Guadalupe is always a popular whiskey from Garrison Brothers, and past releases have won awards from competitions like the TAG Global Spirits Awards, San Diego International Wine & Spirits Challenge, and ASCOT Awards. The 2024 Guadalupe will be released on February 3, with 1,000 bottles available to purchase at the distillery (SRP $150), and another 9,500 distributed around the rest of the country later that month. You can find the rest of the lineup, including the flagship Small Batch and high-proof Cowboy Bourbon, available now from websites like ReserveBar.

Source: Robb Report

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