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 (01.13.20)
Yellowstone, Bourbon, WW&W Single Barrel #1808-600, 93 proof, 750ml, $45.99
Another FIRST for WW&W! We selected this lovely barrel of Yellowstone on September 4th of this year. It was produced at the Limestone Branch Distillery, the new home of Yellowstone bourbon. This selection was full of caramel, toffee, raisin and spice. The taste followed suit with the aroma. It was sweet, laced with vanilla, full bodied with a warm spicy finish of toasted oak.
Peerless, Bourbon, WW&W Single Barrel #2, 112.8 proof, 750ml, $74.99
Our second selection from our good friends at Peerless. This bourbon jumps out of the glass with a bright aroma of vanilla, laced with toffee and spice. You taste the impact of the barrel straight away, toasted wood gives way to baking spices, buttered toast with hints of citrus. All we could say was YUMMMMMM!!!!
Knob Creek, Single Barrel #8500, WW&W Selection, 120 proof, 750ml, $59.99
Honey Nut Cheerios in the nose! Sweet entry, with a nice middle, round and lush. Nicely balanced between the sweet and spice. Classic long finish, warm not hot, creamy, long and yummy! Barreled on February 4, 2010, this makes this a 9+ year old bourbon.
Wilderness Trail, Bourbon, Single Barrel ISC #4, WW&W Selection, 107 proof, 750ml, $67.99
A mix of vanilla, caramel, and mild oak make up the nose. This has classic bourbon tastes of cream and spice. It finishes with a pop of caramel, light grain, maltiness, and mild oak.
Maker’s Mark Private Selection, WW&W Single Barrel #8, 107.4 proof, 750ml, $74.99
We revisited our original Private Selection from 2015 which 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 cellaring, 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.
Knob Creek, Rye, Single Barrel #8006, WW&W Selection, 115 proof, 750ml, $52.99
Toasted rye bread with orange zest jump from the glass, followed by classic herbal rye notes. It is warm on entry with a bit of vanilla and oily texture that carries the spicy flavors to the end with a bold finish. We split this barrel with our friends at Butchertown Grocery.
New Riff, Single Barrel #15-4862, Bourbon, WW&W Selection, 110.3 proof, $49.99
Aromas of toffee, nutmeg with a hint of pipe tobacco. Tastes of vanilla layer over a mélange of butter, nuts and baking spices. It finishes spicy, warm and long.
Wilderness Trail, Rye, WW&W Single Barrel, 112 proof, 750ml, $67.99
Aromas of maple, fruit and spice. The initial sweet taste blossoms into a spicy, rich, round mouthfeel. It has a long spicy finish, quite tasty.
Peerless, WW&W Single Barrel, Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey, 108.8 proof, 750ml, $96.99
Buttercream, spice & toast defined the aroma on the day we selected this barrel with our friends at Butchertown Grocery. It was fruity, sweet with a rich, full mid-palate and lush, long, spicy finish.
Pinhook, Rye, WW&W Single Barrel, 54.5% abv, 109 proof, $67.99
Pinhook first established itself as a rye whiskey, having originally sourced their barrels. Sean Thomas, Founder/Master Taster, quickly establish a reputation for batching some very tasty ryes. When we approached him about doing a single barrel of their whiskey he enthusiastically said “yes,” and the process began. We are thrilled to offer the first single barrel of Pinhook to the market. The aroma has hints of dill and mint that complement the ripe pear and exotic spices. The entry is elegantly spicy, not a big overwhelming taste. You know it is rye. The mouthfeel is rich with a nicely spiced viscosity. It is surprisingly sweet on the finish and the 109 proof is warm but not astringent. The flavor lingers long and welcoming.
Selected and greatly anticipated:
- Knob Creek Bourbon (3)
- Elijah Craig Bourbon
- Smooth Ambler Bourbon
- Four Roses 100 proof OBSV
- Four Roses Barrel Strength OESK