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.
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.
Selected & coming:
- Elijah Craig
- Knob Creek Rye
Coming in 2017
- Elijah Craig
- Four Roses
- Russell’s Reserve
- Knob Creek
- and several others
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 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. 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
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
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.