Garrison Brothers Cowboy Bourbon, 67.5%

Price: $199 Issue: Winter 2015 Reviewer: Lew Bryson

Quite dark for 4 year old whiskey. Nose is fierce, unrestrained by the glass, and full of caramel, baking spices, and dusty corn. It's hot and oaky, but dominated by a broad cornmeal placidity that keeps the flaming oak well in check. Water brings out mint, but brings a cloying edge to the corn; it's better hot and rocking. A huge evaporative loss made for a tiny yield, but even so, the price just seems crazy.