Month: May 2019

Release 2, Outer Loop Orbit


Release 2, Batch 2


We said we wanted to challenge your taste buds, so for our second release, we did just that. When we met at Kelvin Cooperage to discuss our second batch, William Hornaday told us about some very interesting barrels in his warehouse that he wanted us to check out. Originally Orange Curaçao barrels, a local distiller then used them to finish a batch of gin. That’s right, gin. We had no idea what to expect, but when we smelled these barrels, they blew us away. The sticky sweetness of Orange Curaçao was tamed somewhat by the sharpness of the botanical gin, creating an aroma that smelled straight out of the 80s and harkened to a rather popular powdered orange drink made famous on the 1962 Mercury Mission when astronaut John Glenn took it to outer space. The tangy-orange notes of the barrels were screaming out for bourbon, and we listened.

We blended a 5.5 year old Kentucky Straight Bourbon with a 12 year old High-Rye Kentucky Straight Bourbon and let nature take its course. The result after only a few weeks was astounding. In fact, the barrels influenced the whiskey so quickly that we felt it was ready in just a month.

To pay homage to Kelvin Cooperage, we chose the batch name “Outer Loop,” denoting the street in Louisville on which the Cooperage is located, and “Orbit” to reference the Mercury Mission. Outer Loop Orbit is a totally different and incredibly tasty whiskey bottled at barrel proof and non-chill filtered. It’s out of this world!


OUTER LOOP ORBIT (Batch 2) Stats

  • Blend of 5.5 Year and 12 Year Kentucky Straight Bourbons
  • Finished in Orange Curaçao-Gin Casks from Kelvin Cooperage
  • 5.5 Yr Mash Bill: 78% Corn, 10% Rye, 12% Malted Barley
  • 12 Yr Mash Bill: 74% Corn, 18% Rye, 8% Malted Barley
  • Non-Chill Filtered
  • 120.3 Proof
  • 2,402 Bottles
  • MSRP: $199.99
  • Available: September 2019, Kentucky and Tennessee Only



Appearance: Ruddy Amber with bright orange notes.

Nose: Initial burst of citrus and pine with underlying black pepper spices.

Taste: Tangy citrus greets the front palate with heavy cinnamon and baking spices on the mid palate. The rear of the palate gets pine needles and a slight nuttiness.

Finish: Medium-Long, the citrus lingers on the periphery while black pepper and cinnamon intermingle with gin notes of pine and juniper.



Scotch Test Dummies Youtube Review

My Bourbon Journey Podcast

BourbonInsane (Youtube)

My Bourbon Journey (YouTube)


Batch 2 Press Release:

Four Gate Whiskey Company OLO Press Release


Batch 2 Photos:






Batch 2 Media:




Release 1, The Kelvin Collaboration batch 1


Release 1, Batch 1


We wanted our first release to go off with a bang, so Chief Barrel Officer, Bob D’Antoni, scoured the country contacting every source we could find in order to locate just the perfect whiskey. With Chief Blending Officer, Bill Straub, we tasted every sample we could get our hands on. Yeah, it’s a tough job.

But it paid off. We located and purchased over 100 barrels of Kentucky Straight Bourbon ranging from 5 to 11 years old. And wanting to make a splash with our first release, we chose 14 of our oldest and most flavorful barrels of 11 year old whiskey and combined them into our secondary Ex-sherry rum casks and let them age. We tasted them regularly, being careful to not let the barrel finish overwhelm the bourbon that is already excellent. When Bill was comfortable with the finish, we dumped them at barrel proof into our bottles and out the door they went.  We dubbed the batch, aptly, “The Kelvin Collaboration.”

BATCH 1 News:

  • Rated 93 by Whisky Advocate, Fall 2019 Issue.
  • Bottle #9 of Batch 1 sold at auction for $2,500 in the Speed Art Museum’s “The Art of Bourbon” on September 19th, 2019.

The Kelvin Collaboration Batch 1 Stats

  • Mash Bill: 74% corn, 18% rye, 8% malted barley
  • ABV%/Proof: 61.7%/123.4º
  • Bottles: 1,732
  • Distillation State: Kentucky
  • Distilled in: 2007
  • Age at re-barreling: 11 years
  • Finish Barrels: Ex-sherry rum barrels selected by Kelvin Cooperage
  • Blend Selection Collaborators: Brian Haara (Bourbon author, aka “Sipp’nCorn,”) Owen Powell & Craig Rupprecht (Louisville Bourbon Hounds), William Hornaday (Kelvin Cooperage)
  • Available: April 2019, Kentucky and Tennessee Only
  • MSRP: $199.99


Nose: The finish barrels are front and center with a huge waft of maple syrup. Behind that, there is a spicy cinnamon, some vanilla and caramel, with a sweet red fruit undertone.

Taste: Oloroso Sherry hits the front palate with a burst of sweet fortified wine and simple syrup. The mid palate gets traditional high-rye bourbon notes of vanilla, black pepper, and oak, while the rear palate gets a molasses and brown sugar sweetness from the rum finish.

Finish: Medium-to-long, there are prevalent barrel tannins and rye spices that linger on the tongue while a boozy rum finish coats the inside of the mouth.

Batch 1 Press Release:

FGWC_Press Release_Final

Batch 1 Press:

Brian Haara/Sipp’n Corn Review and Tasting Notes

Distillery Trail

Bourbon & Banter Review

My Bourbon Journey YouTube Review

LiveStream with My Bourbon Journey

The Bourbon Daily Podcast (May 6, 2019)

I Whiskey She Wines Youtube Review

Bobby Childs’ Adventures in Whiskey Review

Whiskey Crusaders (YouTube)

2019 Whiskey of the Year, My Bourbon Journey, YouTube



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