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 Four Gate Whiskey Company Announces Sixth Release

“The Kelvin Collaboration II”

Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey finished in Cognac and Rum Casks

LOUISVILLE, KY, April 2, 2020 – Later this Month, Four Gate Whiskey Company will release its sixth small batch of Barrel Finished Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, “The Kelvin Collaboration II.”

Four Gate Whiskey Company is proud to release batch 6, a follow-up to our very popular first release dubbed “The Kelvin Collaboration.” This latest release uses the same mash bill as batch 1, comprised of 74% corn, 18% rye, and 8% malted barley. This Kentucky Straight Bourbon was aged a full 12 years before Four Gate Whiskey Company finished them in Cognac and Rum casks, blending the resulting whiskeys into a new expression of their product line.

“Fans of batch 1 will really like this,” said Chief Blending Officer   Bill Straub, “It’s definitely a return to the combination of fortified wine fruitiness blended with that decadent dark rum cask sweetness.”

There’s even more connection to the first batch than the flavors, though, said Chief Barrel Officer Bob D’Antoni. “The Rum barrels from this batch were from the same rum producer as Batch 1, so you should really taste the connection,” he explained.

Four Gate Whiskey Company produced 2,474 bottles of this batch, and it was bottled non-chill filtered at full cask strength- 126.4 proof.

Tasting Notes from the Chief Blending Officer:

Appearance:   Deep brown

Nose:               Layered molasses and maple syrup with hints of dark, sweet fruit.

Taste:               Sweet and spicy, the outer palate is coated with sugary molasses and dark rum notes with the rear palate in inundated with mature oak and booze-soaked red grapes.

Finish:              Medium-long in length, the rum and barrel tannins linger in a sweet yet oak-filled experience.

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 products have been released since 2019 to critical acclaim, with batches 1, 2, and 4 receiving Whisky Advocate scores of, respectively, 93, 92, and 91 points, with Batch 3’s score pending, and various well-regarded writers and reviewers naming batches 1 and 4 amongst the top 10 whiskeys of 2019 and 2020.

Four Gate Whiskey Company’s sixth release will be distributed in Kentucky and Tennessee at a MSRP of $199.99 per bottle with 2,474 total bottles will be available at retail. Limited bottles may be available on Seelbachs.com.


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 in years to come. 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 Founder 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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