Four Gate Whiskey Company Batch 9 - Andalusia Key
Break Down Of The Blend:
60% - Oloroso Sherry: 6 & 12-year Kentucky Straight Bourbon
40% - Dark Rum Cask: 6, 9 & 12-year Kentucky Straight Bourbon.
Each age is from a different distillery.
Four Gate Whiskey is releasing its 9th bottling, a batch of Kentucky Straight Bourbon finished in Oloroso Sherry and Dark Rum Casks. With only 1,309 bottles produced, this is a relatively small batch even by Four Gate standards. Like all Four Gate Whiskey Company releases, Andalusia Key was bottled un-chill-filtered at full cask strength of 60.6% ABV, or 120.2 Proof.
After releasing unfinished whiskeys for batches 7 and 8, Four Gate Whiskey Company went back to its roots, blending 3 different Kentucky Straight bourbons and aging them in dark rum casks from the Florida Keys and blending two Kentucky Straight bourbons and finishing them in Oloroso Sherry casks from the Andalusia region of Spain. The resulting whiskeys were then combined to create Andalusia Key.
“This is really our niche,” said Chief Blending Officer Bill Straub, “We’re blenders at heart and we love to collaborate with Kelvin Cooperage on finding great secondary casks to further age the blends we come up with.”
With only 1,309 bottles produced, this is a relatively small batch even by Four Gate standards. Like all Four Gate Whiskey Company releases, Andalusia Key was bottled un-chill-filtered at full cask strength of 60.6% ABV, or 120.2 Proof.
“We’re really happy with this whiskey,” said Chief Barrel Officer Bob D’Antoni, “We really stayed on top of this one tasting it at every opportunity for months until we felt like it was perfect. It’s one of the sweetest releases we’ve had yet.”
Tasting Notes from the Chief Blending Officer:
Appearance: Dark Amber
Nose: Heavy dry sherry, sweet fruits, black pepper and oak.
Taste: This hits the palate with a burst of fortified wine but quickly develops into traditional spicy bourbon notes with a sweet molasses-rum wave at the rear palate.
Finish: Medium in length, the finish is dry and pleasing with oak and rich brown sugar developing as it lingers.