Garrison Brothers Distillery, Texas’ first legal whiskey distillery, established in 2006, will release Lady Bird, a Texas Straight Bourbon Whiskey infused with Texas wildflower honey and finished in a cognac cask, on Saturday May 6 at the distillery, and then nationwide, starting in mid-May. This new expression, almost eight years in the making, is Garrison Brothers’ ninth addition to their bourbon portfolio and its sales will benefit the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin.
This exceptional bourbon creation was first aged for 4 years in new white American oak barrels before being infused with Burleson’s Texas Wildflower Honey for an 8-month period. The bourbon was then transferred to French XO Cognac casks, where it matured for an additional 3 years. Bottled at a potent 114 proof, Lady Bird Bourbon is hand-sealed with a distinct Prairie Purple wax. The initial release will feature just over5,904 bottles for the market.
“As you indulge in our Lady Bird bourbon, you’ll be greeted by the inviting aroma of freshly cut grass and sweet honey, accompanied by subtle notes of black cocoa waffle cone and honey wafers, creating a warm and enticing experience,” says Donnis Todd, Master Distiller at Garrison Brothers. “Upon taking your first sip, true decadence unfolds on the palate, revealing the rich taste of warm buckwheat pancakes, dark chocolate-covered cherries, and malted milk balls. The complex profile also includes the indulgent essence of cognac cherries, dried figs, and plums, offering a luxuriously unique tasting experience. The finish is long and satisfying, lingering on the tongue and leaving a lasting impression of the succulence derived from the harmonious marriage of honey and cognac flavors.”
“Like her namesake, this complicated but sophisticated bourbon creates beauty, elegance and distinction wherever she roams and with whomever she encounters,” says Garrison Brothers Distillery co-founder, Nancy Garrison.
The production of Lady Bird not only will delight bourbon enthusiasts but also contributes to the preservation of native wildflowers and plants across North America through the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. For each bottle sold, Garrison Brothers will generously donate $5 to this non-profit organization, supporting their efforts in environmental conservation.
“We’re grateful for the commitment and support provided by the Garrison Brothers and for their demonstrated leadership generating awareness about native plants and landscapes,” said Lee Clippard, Executive Director of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.
Garrison Brothers Lady Bird Texas Straight Bourbon Whiskey will be available for purchase at fine liquor and spirits retailers across the nation with a suggested retail price of $179.99 and will be served at select restaurants and bars beginning mid-May 2023.