WW&W Selections

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 (05.24.2022)

 

Knob Creek, Single Barrel #14473 Bourbon, WW&W Selection, 120 proof, 750ml, $66.99

 

Selected mid-November 2021, this particular barrel matured to a full 10years by the time it was bottled.  Lovely notes of vanilla laced with toasted oak great the nose.  It enters creamy and goes to spice quickly.  The spicy flavors carry through with elements of wood and leather and it has a long complex finish.  An atypical selection for WW&W.  But, yummy nonetheless.

 

291 Barrel Proof Rye, R20041315 WW&W Selection, 131.4 proof, 750ml, $116

 

A bright and aromatic glass of whiskey. The nose hits you immediately with familiar bright rye and herbal notes. The entry is a bold spiciness that grabs you right at the front. The whiskey then transitions to bright green notes. The finish on this whiskey is long and sweet.

 

291 Barrel Proof Rye, R20032321 WW&W Selection, 130 proof, 750ml, $116

 

A bold well-rounded glass of whiskey.  The nose brings about strong aromas of dark spice and bright red fruit.  The entry hits you with the strong flavors of bold spices.  The middle palate is soft, with delicate hints of the red fruit.  The finish is strong with a lingering black pepper note.

 

Limestone Branch, Red Wheat, Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, WW&W Single Barrel # 919, 101 Proof, 375ml, $29.99 

 

We selected this barrel back in April of 2021 and thought it had great potential.  We asked them to hold it for a bit longer to let it fully develop into what we knew it could become.  We revisited it in February of this year and decided it was ready to bottle.  We hope you will find it was worth the wait.  The aroma was a bit grainy at first, but it quickly blossoms to a spicy, toasted oak treat with hints of leather.  It is nice and smooth upon entry, with a slightly sweet cream taste.  The toasted oak laced with some stone fruit holds the middle to deliver a nice warm finish. 

 

 

Knob Creek, Bourbon, Single Barrel #14115, WW&W Selection, 120 proof, 750ml,

$66.99

 

Selected mid-November 2021, this particular barrel matured to a full 10years by the time it was bottled. The aromas baking spices was accentuated by red fruit, characteristic of mid-tier barrel of Knob Creek. The taste is pleasantly sweet, balanced with both baking and barrel spice, that leaves with a creamy finish.

 

 

Barrell Bourbon, Single Barrel #Z3A5, WW&W Selection, 123.8 proof, 750ml, $94.99

 

Classic bourbon from Barrell weighing in at 123.8 proof, it is surprisingly smooth and well-balanced.  The aroma of brown-sugar and sweet vanilla are just a tease as to what is coming.  Once in the mouth the sweet, baking spice, rich flavors of this bourbon take full advantage of the balance.  The finish is warm, not harsh, and lingers long and inviting.

 

New Riff, Bourbon, Single Barrel #6261, WW&W Selection, 114 proof, 750ml,

$49.99

 

Selected 28 Feb 2022. New Riff as it has matured is starting to show much more barrel variation than when we first started selecting from them. We love to find that honey barrel filled with all the sweet elements we love here at WW&W. Barrel #6261 was a wonderful treat, complex and like a great mystery novel, the clues as to “who done it” keep revealing themselves with each inhale and taste. Nutty, like fresh walnuts not sweet like pecan. Lots of toasted oak with a very nice orange zest. The initial taste is a toasted coconut macaroon. It is chewy, big, nutty with a loooooong finish. There are more mysteries to unravel with this one with a cube or some water.  Enjoy the ride!

 

Rare Character Presents, Single Barrel Bourbon, Cask Strength, WW&W Selection, 5yr 7mos, 114.8 proof, 750ml, $89.99

 

This high bourbon was an interesting selection. It really developed in the glass as we worked through the tasting. At 5yrs 7mos old it has some complexity and some rather youthful notes. There is a lot of dark grainy notes laced with red fruits. It enters with a bold, rye spice flavor, with a roundness in the middle. It finishes a bit warm, fitting its 114.8 proof, however it is not astringent.

 

Rebel, Distiller’s Collection Bourbon, WW&W Single Barrel Selection #7655755, 120 proof, 750ml, $59.99

 

This is the third barrel selected back in May of 2021. And like its predecessors, this was too yummy to leave at the distillery. This one has a nuttiness to it in the both the aroma as well as the taste. It is sweet, nutty, with a nicely balanced, toasty, woody component. Nice from start to finish.

 

Buzzard’s Roost, Bourbon, WW&W Single Barrel,  112.4 proof, 750ml, $89.99

 

This is a 4 1/2 yr old bourbon with a very high rye (36%) content. The aromas of toasted oak is immediately prevalent, and it gives way to a great complexity with notes of nutmeg and tobacco. It is sweet upon entry with a hint of toffee and caramel, then the earthy, tobacco element shows depth and is does not become the dominant flavor. This is very complex, full-bodied and has a long warm finish.

 

Spirits of French Lick, Lee W. Sinclair, Four Grain Bourbon, Single Barrel #724, WW&W Selection, 107.9 proof, 750ml, $59.99

 

Aromas of sweet mash laced with mint.  The entry is sweet, vanilla forward. Nice balance of sweet and toasty oak flavors the grow in complexity as you revisit.  The finish is spicy and peppery.

 

Wilderness Trail, High Rye Bourbon, Single Barrel #17E23-6, WW&W Selection, 108 proof, 750ml, $69.99

 

Part of the great fun of selecting single barrels is going to the distillery and tasting through several barrels, and discussing each of their attributes until you determine which one is going “home.” This is the high rye mashbill of 24% rye, along with the 12% malted barley, the aromas are fruity and complex. Lots of dried apricot and green herbal qualities. It has hints of green apple in the tart entry taste, before it gives way to toffee and caramel. Its finish is long, peppery, spicy and enjoyable.

 

  

Selected and greatly anticipated:

Knob Creek Bourbon

Buzzard’s Roost Bourbon

Rebel Cask Strength Bourbon

Old Forester Bourbon

291 Bourbon

291 Rye

Peerless Bourbon

Peerless Rye

Smooth Ambler Bourbon

Buffalo Trace Bourbon

Four Roses OESK Bourbon

Maker's Mark Private Select Bourbon

1792 Bourbon

Elijah Craig Bourbon

New Riff Bourbon

New Riff Rye

Boone County Bourbon