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 (03.25.20)
Driftless Glen, Bourbon, WW&W Single Barrel #1438, 116 proof, 750ml, $58.99
Sean McCollian the owner of Driftless Glenn whose small craft distiller is in the “Driftless Region” next to the Baraboo River in Wisconsin. Utilizing smaller, 30 gallon barrels, you will note the really deep, dark color. This is our third barrel from Sean, and we hope that you enjoy it as much as we did upon selecting it. Aromas of brown sugar and cinnamon. The entry is sweet, with an oily, viscous mid-palate, where flavors of cream and vanilla are laced with wood spice and a bit of tannin. The finish is long and spicy.
Knob Creek, Single Barrel #8501, Bourbon, WW&W Selection, 120 proof, 750ml, $59.99
We selected this barrel back in August of 2019. It was a tough day as we had 6 bourbons and 3 rye barrels to taste. I know, it’s hard work.It was worth the wait on this barrel, it has a certain smoky note in the nose that accentuates the rye character, with spice and herbal mint. It is sweet and creamy upon entry, all laced with toffee, vanilla and wood, rich and complex with a smooth, yet warm finish.
WhistlePig, Rye, Single Barrel #2756, WW&W Selection, 115.5 proof, 750ml, $91.99
Sourced from Canada and aged in Vermont, the color is dark and rich, which implies an older whiskey than the stated 10yrs. There is a wonderful toffee caramel aroma almost like that of a caramel apple covered in nuts. It is warm on entry, not hot like its proof, 115.5, might imply. Round, rich, spicy and quite yummy with a spicy, balanced, warm finish.
Smooth Ambler, Barrel Strength, WW&W Single Barrel #23778, 111.4 proof, 750ml, $53.99
This high rye (36%) bourbon has a surprisingly corn-sweet aroma with vanilla and an orange zest. It is sweet and creamy on entry, with a lovely viscosity and mouthfeel. The finish is warm, spicy with a slightly woody flavor.
New Riff, Single Barrel #7135, Bourbon, WW&W Selection, 112.2 proof, 750ml, $49.99
Aromas of cinnamon, cream with hints of lemon citrus and a bit of toffee on the end. Big creamy entry with a lush mid-palate. The finish is bold, spicy and warm, very nice!
Knob Creek, Single Barrel #8502, WW&W Selection, 120 proof, 750ml, $59.99
On a lovely day in October 2019 we selected 2 barrels of Knob Creek, one from the Boston still and this one from the Clermont still. This was the first barrel we selected, because we immediately fell in love with the aromas of toffee, brown sugar with hints of maple. The taste profile is rich, sweet with great spice in the mid palate. It finishes woody and spicy.
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.
Knob Creek, Bourbon, 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.
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.
Selected and greatly anticipated:
- Elijah Craig Bourbon
- Knob Creek Bourbon
- Four Roses 100 proof OBSV
- Four Roses Barrel Strength OESK
- New Riff Bourbon
- Eagle Rare
- Three Chord Bourbon
- George Remus Bourbon
- Rossville Union Rye BIB
- Maker’s Mark Private Select
- Barrell Bourbon
- Driftless Glen Bourbon
- Pinhook Rye
- Copper & Kings Brandy