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.



Yellowstone, Single Barrel Bourbon, WW&W Selection, 109 proof, 750ml, $71.99

We just love to pick a Yellowstone barrel, as the options of tasting the same barrel at three different proofs is a great experience. At 102 it was nice.  At 115 it became very woody and lost its aroma. But at 109 it blossomed.  It is creamy with gentle hints of butterscotch, sweet with a rich middle and a spicy, toasty finish.  YUMMMMMMM!  


WhistlePig, 10yr, Single Barrel Rye, Barrel # 89583, WW&W Selection, 106.2 proof, 750ml, $106

This is the second of two barrels picked at WhistlePig Farms in April 2022, and much sweeter and lighter than its sister.  Cypress and cinnamon candy overlay subtle butterscotch on the nose.  Baking spices are rich on the palate with gingerbread and honey dominating a long finish.


Rebel Cask Strength, Single Barrel Bourbon, Barrel # 7654711, WW&W Selection, 120 proof, 750ml, $61.99

This is a lovely wheated bourbon.  The aroma has a certain nuttiness and fruit that is perfect for this time of year.  Think bourbon soaked fruit cake. The tasted is bold, spicy, toasty with a long creaminess that lingers.  This is one to savor on a cold night.


WhistlePig, 10yr, Single Barrel Rye, Barrel # 133256, WW&W Selection, 106.2 proof, 750ml, $106

Selected at WhistlePig Farms in April 2022, this barrel bursts with sweet green notes; spearmint, fennel, and a hint of caraway. The palate is round and full red fruit and wood spice. The lingering finish is moderately drying with plenty of cinnamon. Perfect for cool weather sipping!


Maker's Mark, Private Selection Bourbon, WW&W Selection, Our 15th, 107.8 proof, 750ml, $76.99 

Having selected, now our 15th Maker’s Private Selection, it is becoming a bit more challenging finding a new profile. This was our 7th combination (we have never gone more than 4) and we new as soon as we tasted it that we were done. Adding 5 of the newer French Mondiant staves was a bold move. The result is a big chewy whiskey, filled with caramel and spice in the aroma that carries through to the taste. Caramel, toffee, sweet & spicy it reminded me of the old candy Sugar Babies. It holds, long, warm and enjoyable.


291 Barrel Proof Rye, Single Barrel #41314, WW&W Selection, 130.1 proof, 750ml, $116

An amazingly different barrel from the others we had selected.  This one stood out immediately.  It is fruity, spicy with toasted oak notes on the nose.  It is spicy, big, viscous, mouth-filling with pepper notes and long enjoyable finish.


Smooth Ambler, Old Scout Bourbon, 6yr, WW&W Single Barrel #235486, 108 proof, 750ml, $57.99

Aged 6yrs, this is a truly tasty selection.  The aromas of brown sugar, toffee are laced with spiciness that is enticing.  The brown sugar carries through on the initial taste that opens up to a complex, layered texture of toasted oak, pepper and smoky barrel.  The finish is warm and comforting.   Enjoy!


291 Barrel Proof Bourbon, Single Barrel #70121, WW&W Selection, 127.6 proof, 750ml, $116

A lovely deep dark color that expresses its bourbon character with a wonderful toffee and caramel aroma.  It is sweet with elements of crème brulé, caramelized sugars, baking spices, custard all laced with a toasty wood taste that lingers warm and long.


Buzzard’s Roost, Bourbon, WW&W Single Barrel #21-5202, 5 yr, 111.7 proof, 750ml, $89.99

This is our second single barrel of bourbon from Buzzard’s Roost.  This selection is a full 5 years old and weighs in at 111.7 proof.  This is a 21% rye mashbill and it yielded aromas of vanilla custard with fruity, toasted oak aromas. The entry was fruity, slightly sweet that got spicier and has a long warm finish.


Oak & Eden, In-Bottle Finished, Wheat & Spire Single Barrel Bourbon, WW&W Selection, 116 proof, 750ml, $58.99

Oak & Eden’s unique approach of finishing the whiskey in bottle with oak spiral inserted has shown that they are on to something special.  We selected a bourbon with French Oak, Medium Toast spiral and the resulting whiskey proved to be rather tasty.  Aromas of red fruit with baking spices, think warm cherry crisp, show some complexity.  The taste is sweet with vanilla notes giving way to the classic baking spices.  There is a bit of wood tannin and long warm, peppery finish.


Peerless, Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey, Single Barrel # R170103106, WW&W Selection #3, 111.3 proof, 750ml, $91.99

Wonderful aromas of toffee & caramel with hints of mint.  Initial tastes of sweet caramel give way to a nicely balanced mouthfeel, yielding a long memorable finish.


New Riff, Rye, Single Barrel #8753, WW&W Selection, 108 proof, 4 years old, 750ml, $61.99

At long last New Riff has released their Rye as a single barrel selection.  We jumped on this right away as we knew that this would be something special, and we hope that you, like we did, find it worth the wait.  This a complex Rye with a nuttiness in the nose laced with a green wood note, at once sweet, yet with lots of spice.  It enters big and bold.  The nuttiness carries through on the taste as this gets big and chewy.  This reminds me of butter pecan on the long and lovely finish. Very tasty!


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.


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.


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.


Buzzard’s Roost, Bourbon, WW&W Single Barrel #21-3969,  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.


Selected and greatly anticipated:

Knob Creek Bourbon

WL Weller Full Proof

Eagle Rare Bourbon