Looking for a bourbon you can knock back — the better part of bottle, really — and never notice you were drinking it? Meet your match.
Old Whiskey River is perhaps the smoothest whiskey I’ve ever had. I was shocked to see it was 86 proof. It could have been iced tea for all I knew. (OK, not really.)
But seriously, OWR goes down easy: Straight, rocks, water… doesn’t matter. If you cringe when you drink straight liquor, you’ll have no trouble with “The River.” Now that of course is a good thing and a bad. The bourbon has little natural character to it; a slight oak and vanilla note, but they’re surprisingly faint. The slightest touch of a mixer makes it watery. It’s fine in a blended cocktail, but those looking for a complicated straight sipping experience will be disappointed.
It should not go unsaid that Old Whiskey River is “inspired by and made for” Willie Nelson: It even comes with a Willie Nelson guitar pick wired to the neck of the bottle. Despite the name, you might have trouble finding OWR. And if you do, it’ll cost you: $32 or so, a bit more than some considerably livelier bottlings.
B- / $32