Four Gate Whiskey Company Announces Release #8


Tennessee Straight Bourbon Whiskey Aged 10 Years

LOUISVILLE, KY, July 22, 2020 – In late 2019 and early 2020, Four Gate Whiskey Company released two unfinished Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey batches, dubbed “Foundation.” Due to the extremely limited amount of whiskey available, only a handful of those bottles made it to our second major market in Tennessee – or outside of Kentucky at all. To make up for that, the company is releasing a micro-batch of Tennessee Straight Bourbon Whiskey available in ALL of Four Gate’s markets. The batch is called “Tennessee Foundation.”

Owners Bill Straub and Bob D’Antoni selected five barrels of 10-year-old Tennessee Straight Bourbon with a mash bill of 84% corn, 8% rye, and 8% malted barley. It was bottled without chill filtering, as are all of Four Gate’s batches, and at barrel proof of 56.1% ABV (112.2 proof). 812 bottled were produced.

Tasting Notes from the Chief Blending Officer:

  • Appearance: Dark amber, rich mahogany
  • Nose: Macadamia nuts, chocolate, coffee and rich leather.
  • Taste: Peanuts, oak, hints of cinnamon, and earthy tobacco.
  • Finish: Medium, the nutty and earthy characteristics linger to a pleasant close.

“We knew when we released batch 5 (Foundation) that there were so few bottles, our customers in Tennessee would likely miss out,” said D’Antoni. “Our distributor in Tennessee asked us if we could do something else for markets outside of Kentucky, so we answered the call.”

“I’m really pleased with the results,” said Straub. “I don’t think we could possibly present this whiskey any better than we have with this blend.”

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 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.

There are 812 bottles of this release available in Kentucky, Tennessee, and online through at a MSRP of $149.99.

Four Gate Whiskey Company’s products have been released since 2019 to critical acclaim, with batches 1, 2, 3, and 4 receiving Whisky Advocate scores of, respectively, 93, 92, 93, and 91 points respectively, and various well-regarded writers and online reviewers naming batches 1, 3, 4, 5, and 6 amongst the top 10 whiskeys of 2019 and 2020.


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, like us on 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

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Bill is the Co-Founder, Editor-in Chief, and official Bourbon-o-Phile for, 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 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

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