Westport Whiskey & Wine

WW&W Selections

Some would say that selecting a single barrel of bourbon is all fun, and it is a very enjoyable experience. Just because it is a single barrel, does not mean that each and everyone is a taste treat. The challenge is finding the barrel that we feel represents our “house” style and is atypical when compared to the commercial versions selected by the master distillers.

Westport Whiskey & Wine’s “house” style relies on great aromatics, from fruit, cream, vanilla and wood spices. The flavor is rich, lush and not astringent. It may be robust and warm, but never harsh. When splashed the flavors should open up all the more. We believe that the selections below truly represent our house style, and great values, too.

Current Selections

Starlight Dis­tillery, Cask Strength Bour­bon, Sin­gle Bar­rel #1455, WW&W Selec­tion, 55.5% ABV, 750ml, $51.99

Select­ed 20 July 2017 from a selec­tion of 8 bar­rels.  This was a tough selec­tion as we real­ly enjoyed sev­er­al.  We had to nar­row down our choice after revis­it­ing the top three.  Bar­rel #1455 was the clear choice.  And this is why, the aro­mas were filled with pear, cit­rus and toasty caramel.  It was warm on entry with a big fruit fla­vor, which was sup­port­ed by a nice, oily tex­ture and a long fin­ish, rem­i­nis­cent of rye toast.  With a splash, it blos­somed all the more and the creamy, vanil­la real­ly lin­gered.

Mak­ers Mark Pri­vate Selec­tion, WW&W Sin­gle Bar­rel #5, 55% ABV, 750ml, $69.99 

This is our 5th and total­ly dif­fer­ent com­bi­na­tion of staves.   This time we pulled from all 5 stave com­bi­na­tions to yield a won­der­ful fla­vor filled whiskey.  This is a true hol­i­day whiskey, the nose is filled with cloves, bak­ing spices and red fruit.  As my orig­i­nal notes state, once on the palate, the taste is “all over the board.”  It is rich, round, full and fin­ish­es with a great spicy flour­ish.  Hope you enjoy it as much as I do.  Chris

Old Forester, Sin­gle Bar­rel #3683, WW&W Selec­tion, 45% ABV, 750ml, $45.99

Last bar­rel select­ed at the Dix­ie High­way dis­tillery back on Sep­tem­ber 22nd, with Jack­ie Zykan, CSS, Mas­ter Taster, Mas­ter Bour­bon Spe­cial­ist. We had a great time rifling bar­rels to find this real­ly spe­cial selec­tion. It aged on the 8th floor in B ware­house, a bit high­er floor than pre­vi­ous picks. The col­or was a rich amber. Cream, red fruit and a warm spice radi­at­ed from the glass beg­ging for a taste. I found it to be round, warm and full of fruit and cream as the aro­mas sug­gest­ed. Splashed with some water it blos­somed, deliv­er­ing a bal­anced sweet and spicy fla­vor. Think of it as a Brach’s choco­late caramel. YUMMY!!!

Wild Turkey Ken­tucky Spir­it, #17–100 Sin­gle Bar­rel, WW&W Selec­tion, 50.5% ABV, 750ml, $56.99

Select­ed with Mas­ter Dis­tiller, Eddie Rus­sell on Sep­tem­ber 11th of this year.  This was prob­a­bly the most inter­est­ing and invit­ing bar­rel we have ever picked for Ken­tucky Spir­it.  The nose was like that of a cher­ry laced fruit cake.  The fruit and wood spice were very bal­ance in the mouth.  With a bit of water it was WOW!  The fruit, cream, wood and bak­ing spice all min­gled and lin­gered.

Cop­per & Kings, Sin­gle Bar­rel Cask Brandy, WW&W Selec­tion, 63% ABV, 750ml, $59.99

Cop­per & Kings Amer­i­can Craft Blend: Mus­cat, Colom­bard, Chenin Blanc. Twice dis­tilled, bar­rel entry @ ~130 proof. Aged 1 year in Wood­ford Dou­ble Oaked Bar­rel, fin­ished for over 3 years in Span­ish Oloroso Sher­ry Cask.  Non-chill fil­tered, bot­tled at 126 proof. This is only 1 of 2 that we’ve pro­duced, first to hit the mar­ket.  We’ve typ­i­cal­ly reserved sher­ry casks for apple brandy fin­ish, so this is very unique, and it shows!

Aro­mas of anis, caramel and raisins.  Tastes of choco­late, spice, nut­meg with a com­plex, almost trop­i­cal, coconut fla­vor and a clean fin­ish.

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Wild Turkey Ken­tucky Spir­it Sin­gle Bar­rel #28, WW&W Selec­tion, 50.5% ABV, 750ml, $56.99

A vis­it to the Wild Turkey Dis­tillery on Feb 23 yield­ed some very tasty sur­pris­es.  Eddie Rus­sell, Co-Mas­ter Dis­tiller, took us down to ware­house A for a selec­tion of some new­ly pulled bar­rels, all around 8 plus years of age.  We found three very tasty bar­rels, the first which is this bar­rel #20 which was bwild turkey single barrelarreled in Novem­ber of 2007 and put in the mid­dle of the 4thfloor of ware­house G.  This is where Eddie feels he gets some of the best exam­ples of Ken­tucky Spir­it.  This selec­tion was a very pret­ty amber col­or.  The aro­mas of nuts, choco­late & caramel were so preva­lent, we deemed it to have a SNICKERS BAR nose.  And this pro­file car­ried through on the palate as well, creamy, caramel, nuts with a rich almost oily tex­ture.  We tast­ed it at 118.2 proof, how­ev­er, when cut the fla­vors were still love­ly and lin­ger­ing.

 

 

 

 

Wild Turkey Ken­tucky Spir­it Sin­gle Bar­rel #20, WW&W Selec­tion, 50.5% ABV, 750ml, $56.99

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Bar­rel #20 which was bar­reled in Novem­ber of 2007 and put in the mid­dle of the 4thfloor of ware­house G.  This is where Eddie feels he gets some of the best exam­ples of Ken­tucky Spir­it.  This selec­tion was a very pret­ty amber col­or with aro­mas of fruit and cream.  Tast­ed at 121.2 proof, it was warm on entry and the apri­cot and orange fruit notes were sup­port­ed by a creamy mid palate.  The fin­ish was light­ly spiced and lin­gered.  When cut to close to bot­tle proof of 110, the taste just got so much more ele­gant and bal­anced, with a rich oily tex­ture.

 

 

 

Knob Creek Sin­gle Bar­rel, WW&W Selec­tion, 60%  ABV, 750ml, $48.99

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This bar­rel was bar­reled on Novem­ber 10, 2006, mak­ing this one over 9 yrs old once it was bot­tled on April 6th.  We tast­ed it at a robust 122.5 proof.  What is real­ly nice about that proof, we were tast­ing it at so very close to its final proof of 120.  The col­or was dark amber.  Aro­mas of bak­ing spice, dried fruit and red cher­ries dom­i­nat­ed the nose.  It entered with warm spice, tof­fee and cream fla­vors.  Its taste was warm, fruity, a bit dry­ing with a great fin­ish.  Well-bal­anced and very tasty fin­ish.