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Review: Garrison Brothers Guadalupe Bourbon

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“Completely fitted to the bourbon connoisseur with a classy palate,” this newest Garrison Bros. launch comes completed in (Portuguese) Port wine casks. Per the distillery:

Bottled at 107 proof, Guadalupe is a port cask-finished bourbon named for one in every of Texas’ most stunning rivers. Grasp Distiller Donnis Todd related and labored straight with winemakers in Portugal to safe wealthy and juicy port casks. He found {that a} magic maturation mixture was 4 years in white American oak casks after which two further years within the tawny port casks.

“Over the previous decade, we’ve constructed lasting friendships with nice folks the world over as we looked for the right port barrel. These connections are simply as particular to me because the bourbon we now have produced,” says Todd.

90 barrels have been produced in 2015. Let’s give it a whirl.

A reasonably shade of brick pink, the whiskey has the look of Port however the aroma of, properly, Garrison Brothers: Daring with charred wooden and mesquite, although tempered by notes of dried figs, cloves, and a few darkish chocolate, that Port affect a minimum of making itself considerably identified. The palate continues the theme, mixing very candy and really savory/smoky parts right into a considerably fitful complete: It’s chewy and laden with extracted fruit — extra figs, dates, and a few raisiny and virtually pruny notes — however the underlying barrel affect stays plain. Smoldering notes of campfire embers and uncontrolled grass fireplace add a large, peppery pungency to the whiskey, and whereas the sweetness from the Port end makes an attempt to counterbalance this, it doesn’t wholly work. The fruity elements by no means fairly handle to place the hefty wood-driven character in test, quickly discovering themselves pushed to the sidelines. The end is searing, although water is of assist, culminating on a word of gunpowder, black pepper, and clove.

Followers of Garrison Brothers will discover this a curious, fig- and raisin-infused diversion from the home type — however nonetheless very a lot grounded as a member of the household.

107 proof.


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