There is a new breed of whiskey entrepreneurs popping up. That's whiskey writers and bloggers that take the next step and start something new in the industry. Bill Straub founded the blog ModernThirst.com in 2014. He used his knowledge of whiskey and recruited fellow businessman Bob D'Antoni to start Four Gate Whiskey Co. in 2018. To celebrate their release we're offering free shipping on both batches! Plus, another deal if you scroll down a little further.
There are plenty of non-distiller producers out there. However, Four Gate has a deep understanding of the market. They've also partnered with Kelvin Cooperage to assist with their blends. That is why you'll see Four Gate use special barrels that you won't find anywhere else. Their philosophy is simple: 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 Batch 2|
Cooperage, a blend of 5.5 years old and 12-year-old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskeys finished in Orange Curaçao-Gin Casks presented at full barrel proof of 120.3 (60.15% ABV).
The team chose 7 barrels of 5.5-year-old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey and 7 barrels of extra-aged 12-year-old high rye Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey and presented the resulting blend to the barrel experts at Kelvin Cooperage. William Hornaday of Kelvin Cooperage tasted the spicy-nutty blend and suggested barrels that had once held French orange curaçao liqueur before being used to finish a batch of gin at a distillery in Louisville.
|Four Gate Whiskey Company Batch 4|
William Hornaday, of Kelvin Cooperage, crafted a series of medium toast new barrels. He and his team then hand-crafted a series of #2 char barrels and a series of #4 char barrels. They then broke the barrels apart and combined the staves into new barrels- alternating between toasted staves and #2 char staves on one series, and toasted staves and #4 char staves on another. The resulting “zebra” pattern allowed Four Gate Whiskey Company to combine the custard creaminess of toasted barrel finishing with the warm woody fullness of a double-barreled bourbon. Chief Barrel Officer, Bob D’Antoni, coined them “Split StaveTM” barrels.