“Market Makers” Summer Tasting Series – Garrison Brothers Balmorhea


by Rusty Pepper
posted on 06-22-2020

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This week on “Market Makers” Summer Tasting Series we are talking with Dan Garrison and Emma Kahn from Garrison Brothers the first and oldest legal whiskey distillery in Texas.  During our time together we talked about Dan’s background and how it lead him to starting Garrison Brothers, the unique qualities of it’s bourbon whiskey, how they are helping to crush Covid-19 and giving back to others thru their foundation, and then Emma wrapped it up with a virtual tasting of their award winning Balmorhea!


This magnificent 115 proof Texas Straight Bourbon Whiskey is bold but majestically-crafted, having been aged four years in new American white oak barrels, then transferred to a second new American white oak barrel, and aged for one year. Simply put, this 2-time US Micro Whisky of the Year and San Francisco Double Gold winner is bourbon candy in a bottle.

TASTING NOTES – Bourbon candy: frozen fudgesicle bars, amaretto coffee, sticky buns, and pecan brittle. Thick, white chocolate syrup.

ABOUT THE NAME – About 40 miles south of Pecos, Texas, there’s a little swimming hole called Balmorhea where I took my kids when they were young. The park’s name comes from four men’s surnames: E.D. Balcom, H.R. Morrow, John, and Joe Rhea. These men formed an irrigation company in the area in the early 20th century.

OPERATION CRUSH COVID-19 – Garrison Brothers Distillery feels the time is right for a MAGNANIMOUS GESTURE OF GOODWILL. Good bourbon can change the world. Here’s how we’re going to use our bourbon to change the world today.

Team Rubicon’s volunteers are at the FOREFRONT OF THIS WAR WITH THE VIRUS. They are building mobile hospitals and testing centers in all fifty states at the request of the states and the federal government. To learn more about their work to prevent the spread, please visit https://teamrubiconusa.org/neighbors/. Good Bourbon for a Good Cause is also researching options to help a worthy non-profit that provides funding to our friends in the hospitality and service industry.

Announcing OPERATION CRUSH COVID-19. We are going to raise $2M+ for our friends at Team Rubicon. We are asking you to consider a donation to Good Bourbon for a Good Cause at this time. We are seeking donations in the amount of $100, $500 and $1,000.