Four Gate Whiskey Company Batch 2
Cooperage, a blend of 5.5 year 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.
“I’m usually hesitant to use something as sticky-sweet as curaçao with bourbon,” Straub said, “But these reminded me instantly of a powdered orange drink I used to have as a kid. The super-sweet curaçao had been cut by the botanical gin and the result was a tangy orange that we all thought would pair perfectly with our blend.”
The batch is named “Outer Loop Orbit.”