It’s 134-proof. It sells out quickly. And it’s the crown jewel of the Garrison Brothers Distillery portfolio.

The award-winning Cowboy Bourbon is about to go riding again. In celebration of National Bourbon Heritage Month, through Sept. 30, Garrison Brothers is releasing a limited number of bottles of what has become a highly sought-after, cask-strength whiskey. Only 500 bottles of the 2018 version will be available at the Hill Country distillery on Sept. 21, the day of the release. 

Far more bottles will be available in the market afterward, but the release party, a daytime celebration dubbed the Cowboy Round-Up, is guaranteed to have many thirsty whiskey drinkers lining up, according to a news release.

"Cars start lining up at 6 a.m. on release day, even though distillery gates won’t open until noon. By 10 a.m., our little farm road is backed up to the highway with eager patrons looking to get their hands on a bottle or two," Garrison Brothers founder and proprietor Dan Garrison said in the news release. "Our fans are incredibly excited about the 2018 release."

And according to him and master distiller Donnis Todd, who carefully selected the barrels for the Cowboy Bourbon, they should be. Just look at this almost free verse poetry-like description of the whiskey that Todd and Garrison have come up with, as included in the release:

"A bare-knuckled heavyweight prizefighter. Big, rich, and oily. Looks like mahogany syrup in a crystal glass. Ground cloves tickle your nose with still-smoking branded leather, caramel, and chili powder. Says ‘BOOM’ on your tongue! Milk Duds. Licorice. Mom’s chocolate satin pie. Segues to s'mores on toasted cinnamon graham crackers. Scorched honey and sweet molasses. The finish is long and solid with tobacco leaves, tawny port, toffee, pecans, and chocolate fudge."

Your mouth is watering now, isn’t it?

If you aren’t able to grab one of those 500 bottles from the distillery on release day, don’t worry: Cowboy Bourbon will be available at local bars, retailers and restaurants as well. About 2,500 bottles are hitting the Texas market, 1,725 additional bottles spreading to 25 other states where Garrison Brothers is sold.

The Cowboy Round-Up will run from 12 to 5 p.m. on Sept. 21 and offer cocktails, a mobile cigar lounge and food Chef Jake Gober of Silver Whisk at the Garrison distillery at 1827 Hye-Albert Rd, Hye.

For more information, visit garrisonbros.com.

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