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Why Colonel Bourbon T-Shirts are the Best Whiskey Tees

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Why are Colonel Bourbon T-shirts the best whiskey tees? Two main reasons:

1) We love bourbon whiskey -- the taste, history, myth, and legend.

2) We love a good quality t-shirt/tee. Most of our competition does not.

Which are both another way of saying we don't have competition: there's nothing quite like Colonel B's tees 

Why are Colonel Bourbon T-shirts the best whiskey tees?

(Pictured: One of Colonel Bourbon's popular tees, The Bourbon Whisperer. Photographed with the now vintage bottle of Maker's Mark 46.) 

How it started

Our friend, who writes whiskey songs, is always looking for a good whiskey/whisky t-shirt. There's a lot of poor or uninspired designs out there, plus a lot of pirated stuff, which is obviously violating trademark laws. (Google Jack Daniels and you can see a plethora of clothing that is unauthorized.) But our friend saw a cool design and bought the t-shirt

The t-shirt was low price and that's when he learned you get what you pay for. It was so thin, and the print lasted only a wash or two before fading. After only a couple of months of wearing it maybe a half dozen times, the design was all but gone and the cloth was relegated to rag status until being trashed.

So that got us thinking. Focus on quality. There's a reason your go-to preference is usually not the bottom shelf (although there are some tasty exceptions.) We specialize in awesome bourbon designs on awesome tees.

The truth is:

Most of the shopping options on the first pages of Google searches are part of larger sites like Amazon, Etsy, and Redbubble that are ranked as high authority because of their size and volume in the shopping space. Some have good art. But the quality can be a shot in the dark.

So our mission was twofold:

Colonel Bourbon's Mission Part One -- The Designs

We did a lot of work here. If you know your bourbon, you will see the history, myths, and legends in many of the designs.

We have the following collections, in alphabetical order:

Animal Style Whiskey Collection

A recent additional. Beautiful vivid illustrations that turn heads, featuring several animals and their relationship,  sometimes tongue in cheek,  to American's whiskey. Tigers, eagles, cats and hounds, the hair of the dog!

Bourbon T-Shirts Masters Collection

If you are a bourbon enthusiast, you'll wanna check out this collection. The Bourbon Whisperer tee, pictured above, is housed here.

Classic Vintage Whiskey Black Label T-shirts

Honoring the classic labeling of bourbon whiskey, particularly popular with our distinctive distressed look.

Goes Good With Bourbon

Burgers go good with bourbon. A trip to the local butcher provides many meals to pair bourbon with. Wearing the perfect tee will be found here; a new, growing collection.

Major Brinton's Civil War Tees Collection

This t-shirt was the beginning. An amazing tee thats goes to the heart of the history and legend of the pour. If you or somebody you know loves whiskey and is a history buff of the American Civil War, this t-shirt and various versions is a must have! PIctured below:

Major Brinton's Coffin Varnish Battlefield Whiskey

(Pictured: our classic t-shirt that started it all, about an amazing story from the American Civil War: Major Brinton's Coffin Varnish Battlefield Whiskey.)

Mark Twain Bourbon and Whiskey Tees Collection

Mark Twain was a poet of whiskey. These tees remember and celebrate the tasty words.

Nautical Whiskey Tees Collection

If you love the sea, as many of us at CB do, you'll want to check out this collection. It's not just about a "bottle of rum."

Southern Gothic Skulduggery Collection

One of our favorite collections, just beginning to grow. Bourbon and the South have a deep, dark, spooky way of livin' and telling stories.

Scrappy Little Brothers and Sister Bourbon Tees

Some of our wildest, craziest tees. The rebels and rabble rousers are placed here.

Speakeasy Collection

Prohibition in America was the exact opposite of what the prohibitionists had planned. A wild decade of secret speakeasies, flappers, and bathtub gin. A very fun collection.

Women of Bourbon Tees

If you haven't heard, bourbon is no longer just your grandfather's pour. Some of the newest, most exciting master distillers are women, and women are stewards in ways Mad Men's Don Draper could never have imagined.

Colonel Bourbon's Mission Part Two -- The T-Shirt Quality 

We can't say that we wash our t-shirts in the local limestone "crick," but it kinda feels like we do. The quality of our cloth is equivalent to the premium bourbon we all thoroughly enjoy.

Our tees are the highest quality you will find. 100% combed and ring-spun cotton by Bella Canvas, a USA-based company. Feels soft and lightweight, with the right amount of stretch. It's comfortable and very flattering for both men and women.

• 100% combed and ring-spun cotton (Heather colors contain polyester)
• Ash color is 99% combed and ring-spun cotton, 1% polyester
• Heather colors are 52% combed and ring-spun cotton, 48% polyester
• Athletic and Black Heather are 90% combed and ring-spun cotton, 10% polyester
• Heather Prism colors are 99% combed and ring-spun cotton, 1% polyester
• Fabric weight: 4.2 oz (142 g/m2)
• Pre-shrunk fabric
• Side-seamed construction
• Shoulder-to-shoulder taping

 About Bella Canvas:


So grab your favorite pour and browse the Colonel Bourbon catalog. Click on Catalog in the menu on the left side. Or if you are on mobile, go to top of this page, click on the three lines, then click Catalog. Cheers!

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