Itís not every day that a bourbon comes with a bandanna-style paper seal and an autographed guitar pick attached to the neck of the bottle. But then, itís not every day that Willie Nelson puts out a bourbon. The idea behind the booze came from Alive Spirits, the same company that developed Sammy Hagarís Cabo Wabo Tequila, and the hooch is made by one of the countryís major bourbon distillers, Heaven Hill. But Nelson consulted on the flavor of the whiskey, which is light and fruity with a touch of backwoods smoke. Fairly sweet, but somewhat tangy. Smooth, but with a modest amount of heat. Not all that complex, but beautifully balanced. If this were a Nelson song, it would be one of his quietly understated reinterpretations of a classic tune. Not a number-one hit, but certainly in the Top 40.
Available for approximately $30 for a 750-milliliter bottle at local liquor stores, including Merchantís Wine and Spirits, 6 Water Street, in Boston; and Charles Street Liquors, 141 Charles Street, in Boston.