Old Whiskey River: Willie Nelson’s Whiskey.

When I was a kid, I hated Willie Nelson, and all of the country singers of the day.  I was too caught up in the excitement of the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd to really care about other great performers.  So if they weren’t what I liked , they sucked.  I think that is the view of most of the youth in America.  But as time has progressed I have found myself moderating quite a bit on my musical point of view.  I still think most of the Indie crap my brother listens to is unlistenable swill for yuppies, but I am man enough to admit that Johnny Cash was a musical genius, Randy Travis has an incredible voice (I could listen to that man read the phone book) and Willie Nelson is a pioneer in today’s country music scene.  That, and if you’re perchance reading this Willie, I’d love to party on your bus sometime!

That said, there has been a plethora of musicians getting into the alcohol game recently.  Whether it is Kid Rock endorsing Jim Beam, or Sammy Hagar starting his own tequila (Cabo Wabo, Supposed to be great stuff) one thing is for sure the line between performer and their drink of choice is becoming blurred.  So I thought I would actually give the Old Whiskey River a shot…

I have to start by saying that the packaging on this bottle was kind of hokey, but I actually liked it.  There is an autographed guitar pick that has Willie’s signature on it attached to the neck of the bottle with a piece of brass wire.  It is hokey but what the heck, now I have a Willie Nelson guitar pick and a fifth of whiskey!

I actually had this whiskey once before.  I was visiting a friend in Alaska and wanted to pick up something to share, so I got a case of Pilsner Urquell and a fifth of Old Whiskey river and we had a great evening.  But I didn’t remember the whiskey, other than I thought it was pretty good.  There was no guitar pick back then either.  So when I heard they had this in a liquor store close by I made a special trip and picked it up.

OWR is a Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey that is 86 proof or 43% ABV, and it is aged a full six years in oak.  So it starts out well.  As I swirl it around in the glass it is pretty leggy which is good too.  I take a sniff, and it is a nice sweet cherry and pear smell with a touch of vanilla and caramel.

The flavor follows the smell, I get a good sweet mouth, it is a little oily so it coats the palate nicely and then it has a short and mellow finish.   This might be a good whiskey for a noob.  Nice and simple.  This whiskey got all bitter and even a little sour when I put ice in it, and even worse with water.  Keep those away.  Drink this one neat, or mix it in a cocktail.  It’s a fun little whiskey that you should try if you have the chance…plus you get that great guitar pick thing!


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15 Comments on “Old Whiskey River: Willie Nelson’s Whiskey.”

  1. December 10, 2010 at 12:30 pm #

    This is from the folks that brought you Donald Trump Vodka and Kid Rock Badass American Lager.

  2. December 10, 2010 at 2:41 pm #

    So its good then, right?

    • December 10, 2010 at 3:41 pm #

      Yeah, he likes it okay, but mostly he’s charmed by the dumb guitar pick.

      Don’s like a raccoon – all it takes is something shiny to get him in your clutches.

      • Don
        December 10, 2010 at 4:43 pm #

        Hey, I am not easliy distrac…Ooh Porsche …

    • Don
      December 10, 2010 at 4:40 pm #

      Yeah..its good…with no ice.

  3. 1Time4got
    December 10, 2010 at 3:34 pm #

    So I suppose that if I crank up Willie’s “Whiskey River Take My Mind” and forget the glass as I turn the bottle up and chug until I choke, I’ll enjoy this one even more. Maybe this should be my post-child-support-payment routine. Willie’s Whiskey River will definitely take my mind.

    • December 10, 2010 at 3:40 pm #


      I think you’re on to something here…

    • Don
      December 10, 2010 at 4:41 pm #

      Ahh…sure…I guess. Might want to talk to someone about that. 😉

      • December 10, 2010 at 4:50 pm #

        I think he’ll be talkin’ to Willy about it – that’s the whole point!

  4. December 13, 2010 at 4:16 pm #

    Hmmm… you do a good sales job on that product. I’m going to start keeping an eye out for it.

    Speaking of musicians and keeping an eye out for whiskey…

    • December 13, 2010 at 4:33 pm #

      Ha – good one.

      And an awful commercial. I guess they just threw money at American celebs in Japan, eh?

  5. kevin
    June 23, 2012 at 6:26 pm #

    cant get old whiskey river in rochester mn please help me


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