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.
Knob Creek, Single Barrel #4086, WW&W Selection, 60% ABV, $51.99 – ONLY A FEW REMAINING BOTTLES
This barrel was barreled on December 15, 2004, making this one over 12 years old once it was bottled January 9, 2017. We tasted it at a robust 126.6 proof. What is really nice about tasting at that proof, is that we were tasting it at so very close to its final proof of 120. The color was dark amber, characteristic of the extra time in the barrel. The aromas were full of cream and baking spices, which carried through on the initial taste. This bourbon has weight; it is oily, chewy, big with a long spicy finish. When splashed, it remained bold and creamy. Truly a yummy choice. Enjoy!
Four Roses Barrel Strength, OBSV, WW&W Single Barrel, 59% ABV, 9yrs 7m, $69.99
Selected in August of 2016, bottled in late November, finally arriving in 2017! The color is a dark amber with lots of toffee, red fruit and a bit herbal in the nose. Lovely to just inhale and enjoy. The taste was woody up front, with a light creamy taste that gave way to spice and full bold flavors. It finishes slightly tannic with a dryness that does not detract from the great overall flavor. It has proven to be worth the wait.
Four Roses Barrel Strength, OBSF, WW&W Single Barrel, 61.4% ABV, $69.99
Deep amber color speaks to the concentration of the hi-proof liquid inside. The nose jumps from the glass all full of baking spice and a surprising green apple like aroma. Once in the mouth, it is indeed warm, not harsh, with a tart, yet rich flavor. It is warm and lingering.
Woodford Reserve Bourbon, WW&W Selection, 45.2% ABV, Liter, $69.99
Whisky Magazine Hall of Fame, Chris Morris, Master Distiller
This is a two-barrel batch selected by Westport Whiskey & Wine on August 19, 2016. We started out with 4 different barrels and then combined them to make 6 different combinations from which to make our final selection. The combination of 2 & 4 was the eventual selection. Barrel #2 was six years old that had a woody, dark chocolate flavor. At 127 proof, it was smooth not hot. Barrel #4 at 129.7 proof was full of clove, dark tea, spice in the nose.
Makers Mark, Private Selection, WW&W Single Barrel, 55.1% ABV, 750ml, $74.99
Our selection is: 2 staves of Seared French Cuvee and 4 staves each of Roasted French Mocha and Toasted French Spice. Before barreling, that resultant whiskey was richly aromatic, delivering big fruit and cream notes. The entry was sweet and creamy, lush in the mid palate, with a lovely, woody, warm finish. After the winter, and now here, we found that the whiskey delivers on that taste. We hope that you, too, will find it as “yummy” as we do.
Elijah Craig, Single Barrel #238, WW&W Selection, 47% ABV, 750ml, $34.99 – ONLY A FEW REMAINING BOTTLES
This barrel was barreled on January 31, 2007, making this one over 9 years old once it was bottled January 20, 2017. It is from the 6th floor of warehouse P. The barrel proof at tasting was 133.9. The nose was full of butter cream and baking spice. Upon initial entry, it was tight, barrel spice, a bit tart and tannic. It continued to open up, still spicy, and big full, chewy profile. Once we dropped some water the nose was still as aromatic as when we first experienced it, and the flavors of clove and more exotic spices came forward. Going to be great in a Manhattan!
Old Forester, Single Barrel #3308,WW&W Selection, 45% ABV, 750ml, $45.99
This barrel has a rather famous barreling date, December 5th, Repeal Day, and, as it happens, our Assistant Manager Emily’s birthday. So, we knew this was an omen when presented with this tasting opportunity. The aromas were filled with green apple notes, and hints of grilled pork. Once in the mouth, the oily, richness presented an appealing texture, flavors of cream and fruit were really balanced. When splashed with some water to get closer to the final bottling proof, the nose blossomed with baked pear and tropical fruits. The taste was still in balance, with cream, fruit and a lovely spice flavor. We would consider this a beautiful warm-weather bourbon. We hope you do too!
- Four Roses
- Russell’s Reserve
- Kentucky Spirit
- 1792 Full Proof
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.