First Legal Bourbon Distillery in Texas Releases Limited-Edition Honey-Infused Bourbon
Garrison Brothers Distillery, the first legal bourbon distillery in Texas, will have 4,000 bottles of their first 80-proof bourbon, HoneyDew Bourbon, available at Hye, Texas distillery starting in August.
Garrison Brothers Distillery announced today the release of HoneyDew, the latest experimental release in the company’s portfolio of ultra-premium, Texas-born bourbon whiskies. HoneyDew is only available at the Garrison Brothers Distillery in Hye, Texas for a limited time starting August 17. The special release 80 proof bourbon is infused with 100% Texas-made Burleson’s wildflower honey resulting in a smooth, light bourbon with a subtle honey finish.
The project is 11 years in the making and a departure from previous styles created by the brand. Nancy Garrison, wife and business partner of proprietor Dan Garrison, wanted the distillery to produce a honey-sweetened bourbon whiskey since they started the business together in 2006. Dan strongly objected due to his disdain for “flavored whiskies,” hence the name “HoneyDew”, as a play on “Honey Do” requests. Garrison’s objections to flavored whiskies come from the fact that so many of them are chemical concoctions; several even made with propylene glycol.
Master distiller Donnis Todd emptied a few dozen four-year-old Garrison Brothers Small Batch Bourbon barrels into a stainless-steel tank, where the liquid mellowed for seven months. He then decimated all the empty bourbon barrels by sawing them into small wooden cubes. He immersed the cubes in Burleson’s Texas Wildflower Honey. The cubes were then infused with more Burleson’s Honey by Matt Albrecht of River Drive Cooperage using a patented technique called Fiber Infusion Technology. Once Todd was satisfied that the cubes had absorbed the honey, he used cheesecloth to contain the cubes and immersed them in the stainless-steel tank of bourbon every day for seven months.
“It’s exciting to have two family-owned businesses collaborating in support of Texas agriculture and entrepreneurship,” said Tim Burleson, President of Burleson’s Honey. “It’s been a rewarding experience to work with Dan Garrison over the years and we’re excited to deepen Burleson’s relationship with him and his team. We want to continue bringing fine honey and fine bourbon together for everyone to enjoy.”
The new bourbon has tasting notes of sweet elderberry syrup, yeast, yellow-flesh peaches, apricots, white chocolate, and of course, delicious, golden Texas honey.
“I’ve been drinking bourbon since I was 13 years old. Our HoneyDew is the most magical nectar I have ever tasted,” said Garrison. “It is light, delicate, gentle, floral, and perfect for sipping on the porch in the summertime. Donnis knocked it out of the park. This bourbon will absolutely be released commercially some day!”
Garrison Brothers will celebrate the release of HoneyDew with a party at their distillery in Hye, Texas on Friday, August 17. Dubbed the HoneyDew Hullabaloo, the daytime party will feature frozen HoneyDew cocktails by Frost 321, a mobile cigar lounge by Habana Cowboy, and a honey-education tent by Burleson’s Honey. Distillery gates will open at noon and the festivities will last until 6 p.m.
HoneyDew will be available exclusively at the distillery in Hye, Texas for $69.99 beginning August 17 at Hye Noon.