58: Four Gate Whiskey Company
58: Four Gate Whiskey Company
A big thank you this week to Bill Straub for inviting us into his home to share his whiskey with the The Bourbon Lens. We sat down with Bill Straub and Bob D'Antoni, co-founders of Four Gate Whiskey, and explored the history of their brand as well as their unique take on whiskey. Four Gate is known for its collaborations with Kelvin Cooperage, a craft barrel maker in Louisville Kentucky. Four Gate produces unique batches of barrel-finished, barrel proof, and limited release American Whiskey for bourbon and whiskey enthusiasts. They just released Batch 5 and it's safe to say that every batch is unique. As a small-scale blender, finisher, and bottler of whiskey, Four Gate is currently available in limited markets but is looking to grow its footprint. We discuss the business side of being a non-distilling whiskey producer and how they leverage their close relationship with one of the best craft barrel suppliers in the state. Find out which Batches are our favorites and what Four Gate Whiskey Company has coming soon. More details on the brand can be found on their website: [Stock Photography Courtesy of Four Gate Whiskey] DETAILS ON THE WHISKEY: Batch 1: The Kelvin Collaboration The first batch from Four Gate was the one that started it all for the company. They chose 14 of their oldest and most flavorful barrels of 11 year old whiskey and combined them into Kelvin's ex-sherry rum casks and let them age. The Mash Bill is 74% corn, 18% rye, 8% malted barley. 1732 bottles were released at 61.7%/123.4 Proof. Blend Selection Collaborators: Brian Haara (Bourbon author, aka “Sipp’nCorn,”) Owen Powell & Craig Rupprecht (Louisville Bourbon Hounds), William Hornaday (Kelvin Cooperage). MSRP: $199.99 Batch 2: Outer Loop Orbit Likely the most unique offering from Four Gate, a blend of 5.5 Year and 12 Year Kentucky Straight Bourbons. Then finished in Orange Curaçao-Gin Casks from Kelvin Cooperage. The two bourbons that were blended were a 5.5 Yr Mash Bill: 78% Corn, 10% Rye, 12% Malted Barley and a 12 Yr Mash Bill: 74% Corn, 18% Rye, 8% Malted Barley. Non-Chill Filtered and bottled at 120.3 Proof. 2,402 Bottles were released with an MSRP of $199.99. Batch 3: Foundation This is a unfinished 9 Year, 9 Month Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon; Mash Bill: 75% Corn, 13% Rye, 12% Malted Barley. It is Non-Chill Filtered and bottled at 119.4 Proof. Only 748 Bottles were produced and it carries an MSRP of $199.99. Batch 4: Split Stave™ by Kelvin The Split Stave is a creation of Kelvin Cooperage; Kelvin crafted a series of medium toast casks, then a series of #2 char casks, and finally a third series of #4 char casks. Then William Hornaday and his team at Kelvin broke all the barrels apart and rebuilt them, alternating between toasted staves and #2 char staves on some barrels, and toasted and #4 char staves on others, they have created the first ever “Split Stave™” barrels. It is a Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey; consisting of a 5.5 Year Mash Bill: 78% Corn, 10% Rye, 12% Malted Barley and a 12 Year Mash Bill: 74% Corn, 18% Rye, 8% Malted Barley. The blend was rested in Split Stave™ barrels for five months. It is Non-Chill Filtered and bottled at 115.6 proof. Only 2700 bottles were released with an MSRP of $174.99. Batch 5: Foundation #2 The second release of Foundation. This is the last of this whiskey the company will release, and only 590 total bottles were produced. It is a Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey distilled from a mash bill consisting of 75% corn, 13% rye, and 12% malted barley, and checks in at 120.2 proof, and aged 9 years, 9 months. We would appreciate you giving us a 5 star rating on your podcast app and please leave us a written review. This will help others discover our podcast and will help us expand our reach. Also, be sure to follow us @BourbonLens on , , & . If you have any comments, questions, or suggestions, please email us at . Visit our website to check out our blog posts and see what we are up to.