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Four Gate Whiskey Company Announces Third Release, Unfinished Kentucky Straight Bourbon
Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

LOUISVILLE, KY, November 13, 2019 – This November, Four Gate Whiskey Company will release its third small batch of Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, and its first ever batch of unfinished Kentucky Straight bourbon.

From the very start, Four Gate Whiskey Company founders Bill Straub and Bobby D’Antoni insisted that the foundation of the barrel-finished whiskey philosophy must always be excellent whiskey. To that end, when Bobby located a handful of barrels of Kentucky Straight Bourbon ranging from 9 years, 9 months to 11 years, 4 months, the team tasted it and knew straight away it was too good to put in a finishing barrel. They tasted the whiskey again with Kelvin Cooperage who agreed it was so well crafted that releasing it as-is was the proper course of action.

Four Gate Whiskey Company is proud to present a very small batch of this Kentucky Straight Bourbon to consumers in Kentucky and Tennessee unfinished and unfiltered. It is bottled in accordance with their barrel-proof mindset with no water added at 119.4˚. The batch was named, aptly, “FOUNDATION.”

This 9 year, 9-month-old batch yielded only 748 total bottles and is thus highly limited. It is distilled from a mash bill consisting of 75% corn, 13% rye, and 12% malted barley.

Tasting Notes from the Chief Blending Officer:

  • Appearance: Deep brown
  • Nose: Sweet fruits and vanilla cream are joined by graham cracker and rye pepper
  • Taste: Sweet on the mid-palate with more custard and cream, followed by baking spices, cinnamon, oak, and pie crust
  • Finish: Medium in length, the rye notes are balanced with sweet cinnamon toast and oak

Straub and D’Antoni run the company as the Chief Blending Officer and Chief Barrel Officer, respectively. With their roots in Louisville, Straub has leveraged his knowledge of bourbon and the industry as founder and Editor-In-Chief of ModernThirst.com since 2014. As a successful local entrepreneur, D’Antoni has used his connections to establish relationships to get his hands on some terrific bourbon.

A local collaboration like this feeds into the Four Gate Whiskey Company philosophy: if you start with the best whiskey, and leverage some of the best-regarded experts in the field on the effects of barrels, you wind up with an amazing whiskey that both connoisseurs and collectors alike will appreciate.

Four Gate Whiskey Company’s third release will be distributed in Kentucky and Tennessee at a MSRP of $199.99 per bottle with 748 total bottles will be available at retail.

Four Gate Whiskey Company started in 2018 with the goal of releasing several unique batches of whiskey products each year. With its first product launch of 11-year-old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey finished in sherry-rum casks in April 2019, the team is excited to unveil the other small batch products with unique finishes to come later this year. Learn more at fourgatewhiskey.com, like us on Facebook.com and follow us on Twitter @four_gate.

Kelvin Cooperage, founded in Glasgow, Scotland in 1963 and now based in Louisville, KY, is a full service family-owned cooperage supplying new and used barrels to wine, spirits, and beer producers around the world. For more information, visit Kelvincooperage.com

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Bill is the Co-Founder, Editor-in Chief, and official Bourbon-o-Phile for ModernThirst.com, and the President and Chief Blending Officer for Four Gate Whiskey Company. He is a native of Louisville, KY in the heart of Bourbon Country. He attended the University of Kentucky in the mid to late 1990s. He has also been published on Liquor.com. He has conducted various bourbon and whiskey tastings in cities across the country, and consulted for multiple national labels. He is married with two daughters, and lives in east Louisville. You can follow him on Facebook and Twitter @BillStraub and email him at Bill@ModernThirst.com.

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