Some would say that selecting a barrel of bourbon is all fun. It is a very enjoyable experience. Going to a barrel warehouse with a master distiller to thief a barrel is a true sensory experience. Even sitting with a group with samples pulled from barrels from a distillery too far away to drive, is a great way to learn about what styles each barrel represents. Not all barrel samples are a taste treat. Finding a barrel that sings is a wonderful way to pick a barrel. And thus, 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 (03.14.19)
Four Roses Bourbon, Single Barrel OBSV, 100 proof, 50% abv $42.99
The OBSV mash bill has always provides something new each time we have selected a barrel. It is also the one that Four Roses utilizes for its releases. Tasted at barrel proof, this barrel’s aroma reminded us of a warm pastry laced with red fruits. The entry was big, with vanilla, fruit and a long spicy finish. When cut, all I could say was “I like it!”
Russell’s Reserve Bourbon, Single Barrel #17-0809, 55% abv $62.99
We selected this barrel on September 11, 2018 with the assistance of Master Distiller Eddie Russell. It was from D warehouse (where we have had great success) and it was barreled on December 15, 2008, and dumped in January 2019, making it just a few weeks over 11 years old.
The aroma is full of red fruit, with vanilla and hints of citrus. It has a lovely creamy/vanilla entry, that is nicely balanced with a spicy finish. It is viscous, round with a long rich finish. Enjoy!
Elijah Craig Bourbon, Single Barrel, 47% abv $34.99
Aromas of red fruits laced with baking spices with a hint of charred meat. Good sweet & creamy entry, spice laced in a pleasant balance that carries through on the long warm finish. Hints of orange make for a really pleasant aftertaste.
Peerless, Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey, Single Barrel, 10th Anniversary, 53.85% abv $99.99
Caramel and brown sugar defines this selection. Laced with exotic spices. Full-flavor and rich, round and just damn fine.
Limestone Branch, 100% Malted Straight Rye Whiskey, Single Barrel # 147, 47% abv, 375ml $25.99
Picked on March 28th of 2018 we decided to hold this whiskey until it was at least 2yrs old, so that it could earn the Straight Rye designation. The exotic, spicy aromas range from clove to cinnamon. It enters so easy and smooth that you might expect a simple whiskey, however, you are rewarded with a whiskey that exposes layers of spice, citrus and wood to become a beautiful complex mouth feel. Enjoy!
Grass Widow Bourbon, Single Barrel, 59.6% abv $78.99
Grass Widow Bourbon comes from Two James Spirits, the first distillery to open in Detroit, Michigan since prohibition. With the help of distiller David Pickerell, Grass Widow, named for a regional pre-Prohibition whiskey brand, is a sourced high-rye bourbon mash bill (36% rye, 60% corn, 4% barley) blend that was aged in new oak, then given a finish in ex-Madeira casks.
Aroma of toffee with hints of butterscotch that has hints of cinnamon. It is sweet on entry with a nice vanilla and slight cereal grain note. It is rich in the middle and spicy on the finish. For 59.6% abv, this is really smooth.
New Riff, Barrel Proof Bourbon, Single Barrel, 56.25% abv $49.99
This is our second selection from New Riff. It is a little over four years old. It is barrel proof and was not chill filtered. Notes of caramel, vanilla and rye spice are prominent. Also expect a creamy, sweet, long and spicy toasted oak finish. Pick one up while we’ve got it!
Woodford Reserve Bourbon, Personal Selection, 45.2% abv, Liter $58.99
This is a two-barrel batch from Woodford Reserve. Barrel #2 of 6 was very nutty and spicy, with a warm vanilla entry and woody finish. Barrel #4 of 6 had strong aromas of cream, vanilla and spice. A little lean on its own, but also had a wonderful finish. Together when batched, there are bold notes of oranges, cherries and spice. Very nice, pleasant entry. The min-palate is greeted with spice and a warm finish.
Knob Creek Rye, Single Barrel #6697, 57.5% abv $48.99
The nose has aromas of bright green fruit and spice that tingles the nose. Upon entry you get the classic rye spice, there is also a big creamy mouthfeel as well. Ripe fruit. Finishing with a caramel spice.