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Release 13: River Kelvin Rye

Release 13, Batch 13

River Kelvin Rye

What does another year aging do to an already tasty Straight Rye Whiskey? Four Gate Whiskey Company wanted to let all our fans and customers find out for themselves. Following on the heels of batch 7, a 7 Year Indiana Straight Rye Whiskey, we blended and bottled an 8 year version of the same underlying whiskey. This release of River Kelvin Rye is 8 years old, following the same 95% rye, 5 malted barley mash bill, and came out to 113 proof. We produced 2,470 bottles.

River Kelvin Rye (RELEASE 13) Stats

  • 8 Year Old Indiana Straight Rye Whiskey
  • Mash Bill: 95% Rye, 5% Malted Barley
  • Non-Chill Filtered
  • 1132 Proof
  • 2,470 Bottles
  • MSRP: $185.00
  • Available: May 2021 in Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, Seelbachs.com, Boubonoutfitter.com, and caskers.com

TASTING NOTES FROM THE CHIEF BLENDING OFFICER

  • Appearance:   Medium Amber
  • Nose: Black Pepper, Orange peel, Lemon Zest, Candied peaches
  • Taste: Slight dill with black pepper spiciness followed by candied lemon drops and orange blossom.
  • Finish: Medium in length, pepper and citrus intermingle on the palate

 

Batch 7 Press

Coming Soon!

 

BATCH 7 PRESS RELEASE

FGWC Announces Batch 13 and Private Select Casks

BATCH 7 PHOTOS

Coming Soon!

Release 12, The Kelvin Collaboration III

Release 12, Batch 12

The Kelvin Collaboration III

The Kelvin Collaboration Series is close to out hearts. Not only was it the very first batch we released, but both the first and second iteration were named amongst the best whiskeys of 2019 and 2020 respectively by some of the most respected writers, bloggers, and vloggers in whiskey media. So we took extra care making sure our third iteration of the series was up to snuff, but also doing our very best to make it  the best we’ve done yet. We think we succeeded.

We blended 9-year and 12-year Kentucky Straight Bourbons into a delicious whiskey and, working closely with Kelvin Cooperage, went back to popular dual-use finish barrels that held both foprtified wine and dark rum- this time PX Sherry-Rum casks from Virago Spirits in Richmond, VA. 

The result is true to its lineage. The Kelvin Collaboration III is a decadent, full bodied whiskey that will please the most discerning drinkers. We’re sure you will enjoy it!

The Kelvin Collaboration III Stats:

  • Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey finished in PX Sherry-Rum Casks
  • Blend of 9 and 12-year Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskeys
    • 9-Year Mashbill: 75% Corn, 13% Rye, 12% malted Barley
    • 12-Year Mashbill: 74% Corn, 18% Rye, 8% malted Barley
  • 123.7 Proof
  • 1,647 Bottles
  • MSRP: $199

Tasting Notes:

 Nose:                     Vanilla, caramel, molasses, and sweet red fruit.

Taste:                     Rich and decadent, the PX Sherry is evident on the front palate followed by traditional vanilla and oak bourbon notes on the mid palate. Brown sugar sweetness coats the periphery.

Finish:                    Long, viscous, and mouth-coating. The molasses and red fruit linger throughout.

Batch 12 Press:

My Bourbon Journey Youtube Review

Scotch Test Dummies YouTube Review

I Whiskey She Wines YouTube Review

Batch 12 Press Release:

FGWC PRESS RELEASE BATCH 12 The Kelvin Colalboration III

Batch 12 Photos:

Release 11, Ruby Rye Springs

Release 11, Batch 11

Ruby Rye Springs

Ruby Rye Springs is Four Gate Whiskey Company’s third presentation of the same underlying 7-year old Straight Rye Whiskey from Indiana following River Kelvin Rye (Batch 7) and Split Stave™ by Kelvin (Batch 10).

This latest release showcases the citrus and spice characteristic of the sourced base spirit while adding a fruity sweetness from 42 days extra aging in Ruby Port-Rum Casks.

The secondary casks originally were originally used to mature ruby port, a fortified wine from Portugal in which the wine is removed from barrels and stored in tanks to prevent further aging, leaving the resulting product sweeter and brighter on the palate than other styles of port wine. The barrels found a second use with Virago Spirits in Richmond, VA where the barrels were used to age a blend of rums, imparting them with a lush molasses sweetness that pairs excellently with the bright red fruit of the ruby port.

Ruby Rye Springs Stats:

  • Straight Rye Whiskey Finished in Ruby Port-Run Casks
  • Mash Bill : 95% Rye, 5% Malted Barley
  • 113.4 Proof
  • 1,444 Bottles
  • MSRP: $185

TASTING NOTES FROM THE CHIEF BLENDING OFFICER:

  • Nose: Fruit cake, tart gum drops, lemon and orange zest, and spicy rye.
  • Taste: A sweet tart red berry note greets the tip of the tongue with a spicy black pepper flowing down the center palate. Raspberries and blueberries surround the periphery with a hint of citrus rounding out the taste.
  • Finish: Medium-to-long, the black pepper and sweet red fruits dominate the start, with sweet molasses rounding out the viscous mouthfeel.

 

Batch 11 Press:

My Bourbon Journey YouTube Review

Scotch Test Dummies on YouTube

Bourbon Bytes YouTube Review

Batch 11 Press Release:

FGWC PRESS RELEASE BATCH 11 Ruby Rye Springs

Batch 11 Photos:

Four Gate Whiskey Company Honors the late Kevin McLaughlin of Kelvin Cooperage with a Special Release Benefitting West End School of Louisville

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  • November 16, 2020
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Four Gate Whiskey Company Honors the late Kevin McLaughlin of Kelvin Cooperage with a Special Release Benefitting West End School of Louisville

“Eagle Thief”

10+2 Year Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon

LOUISVILLE, KY, November 16th, 2020-

Four Gate Whiskey Company is paying tribute to the late Kevin McLaughlin of Kelvin Cooperage, who passed away in December of 2019 with a special tribute release funding a  donation to Kevin’s charity of choice- West End School of Louisville.

Kevin McLaughlin ran Kelvin Cooperage with his brother, Paul, after their father founded the cooperage in Glasgow, Scotland in 1963. Kevin passed away December 27th, 2019, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Kelvin Cooperage has collaborated with Four Gate Whiskey Company from the start, and Kevin was a good friend of Chief Barrel Officer Bob D’Antoni. The company only thought it fitting to honor Kevin with a special release.

“Kevin was such a great guy and great friend. He was so instrumental in our success that I felt like this was something we had to do,” Said D’Antoni.

Kevin was an avid and skilled golfer, who played collegiate golf at Pepperdine University, where he captained the golf team. As such, much of the labeling of the batch are tributes to Kevin’s golf game and the cooperage he ran so successfully.

Highlights of the label include:

  • The label Colors match the collegiate colors of Pepperdine University
  • The year of his birth (1963) and passing (2019) are included
  • Kevin was an impressive +2 handicap, so the 12-year age statement is listed as 10 “+2”
  • The release is named ”Eagle Thief,” incorporating the golf score of “eagle” and the “whiskey thief” tool used to extract whiskey from a barrel
  • “KM” and “RIP” are printed as watermarks on the back label
  • The proof was 122.7, which is also the day of his passing (December 27th)

“The label was such a labor of love from Bobby (D’Antoni),” said Chief Blending Officer Bill Straub. “It’s really thoughtful and creative at the same time.”

The underlying whiskey is a barrel proof 12-year Kentucky Straight Bourbon with a mash bill of 74% corn, 18% rye, and 8% malted barley. Only 4 barrels were selected, resulting in 423 total bottles. Sales from this batch will fund a donation to Kevin’s charity of Choice, West End School of Louisville. West End School provides a safe and structured environment for boys in grades Pre-Kindergarten through 8th in which academic rigor, character development, and responsible action establish the foundation for a purposeful life. Their vision seeks to enable students, regardless of their circumstances, to achieve their highest potential. More info can be found at https://westendschool.org/

Special thanks and recognition must be made to all involved. To maximize the contribution to the school, Republic National Distributing Company, Sterling Cut Glass, Resource Label, and White Dog Trading and Storage all agreed to participate at lower margins to make this batch a reality, including all participating on-premise retailers and online sellers- Seelbachs.com and Bourbonoutfitter.com.

“Everyone at Kelvin Cooperage is overwhelmed by Four Gate’s Eagle Thief Release in honor of my brother, Kevin McLaughlin,” Said Paul McLaughlin. “He would also have enjoyed having his +2 handicap widely publicized!  The fact that everyone involved in the project is donating profits to Kevin’s favorite cause – The West End School – is a lovely bonus.”

Straub and D’Antoni run the company as the Chief Blending Officer and Chief Barrel Officer, respectively. With their roots in Louisville, Straub has leveraged his knowledge of bourbon and the industry as founder and Editor-In-Chief of ModernThirst.com since 2014. As a successful local entrepreneur, D’Antoni has used his connections to establish relationships to get his hands on some terrific bourbon.

A local collaboration like this feeds into the Four Gate Whiskey Company philosophy: 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.

There are 423 bottles of this release available in November in Kentucky and online through Seelbachs.com and BourbonOutfitter.com at a MSRP of $299.

Four Gate Whiskey Company’s products have been released since 2019 to critical acclaim, with batches 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, and 7 receiving Whisky Advocate scores of 90 points or higher, and various well-regarded writers and online reviewers naming batches 1, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 10 amongst the top 10 whiskeys of 2019 and 2020. 

Four Gate Whiskey Company started in 2018 with the goal of releasing several unique batches of whiskey products each year. With its first product launch of 11-year-old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey finished in sherry-rum casks in April 2019, the team is excited to unveil the other small batch products with unique finishes in years to come. Learn more at fourgatewhiskey.com, like us on Facebook.com and follow us on Twitter @four_gate.

 Kelvin Cooperage, founded in Glasgow, Scotland in 1963 and now based in Louisville, KY, is a full-service family-owned cooperage supplying new and used barrels to wine, spirits, and beer producers around the world. For more information, visit Kelvincooperage.com.

 Additional media images and information are available at fourgatewhiskey.com

 

 

 

 

Eagle Thief, Hole 1

Eagle Thief is a tribute to the late Kevin McLaughlin of Kelvin Cooperage, who passed away in December of 2019, and funds a donation to his charity of choice: West End School of Louisville.

Kevin McLaughlin ran Kelvin Cooperage with his brother, Paul, after their father founded the cooperage in Glasgow, Scotland in 1963. Kevin passed away December 27th, 2019, after a courageous battle with cancer. Kevin was an avid and skilled golfer, who played collegiate golf at Pepperdine University, where he captained the golf team. As such, much of the labeling of the batch are tributes to Kevin’s golf game and the cooperage he ran so successfully. Kevin and Kelvin Cooperage was instrumental in the founding and early success of Four Gate Whiskey, and the company hopes to unveil a new Eagle Thief batch, or “Hole,” each year in his memory.

Highlights of the label include:

  • The label Colors match the collegiate colors of Pepperdine University
  • The year of his birth (1963) and passing (2019) are included
  • Kevin was an impressive +2 handicap, so the 12-year age statement is listed as 10 “+2”
  • The release is named ”Eagle Thief,” incorporating the golf score of “eagle” and the “whiskey thief” tool used to extract whiskey from a barrel
  • “KM” and “RIP” are printed as watermarks on the back label
  • The proof was 122.7, which is also the day of his passing (December 27th)

The underlying whiskey is a barrel proof 12-year Kentucky Straight Bourbon with a mash bill of 74% corn, 18% rye, and 8% malted barley. Only 4 barrels were selected, resulting in 423 total bottles. Sales from this batch will fund a donation to Kevin’s charity of Choice, West End School of Louisville. West End School provides a safe and structured environment for boys in grades Pre-Kindergarten through 8th in which academic rigor, character development, and responsible action establish the foundation for a purposeful life. Their vision seeks to enable students, regardless of their circumstances, to achieve their highest potential. More info can be found at https://westendschool.org/

Special thanks and recognition must be made to all involved. To maximize the contribution to the school, Republic National Distributing Company, Sterling Cut Glass, Resource Label, and White Dog Trading and Storage all agreed to participate at lower margins to make this batch a reality, including all participating on-premise retailers and online sellers- Seelbachs.com and Bourbonoutfitter.com. thanks to their generous support, this batch raised $31,506 for the West End School.

 Four Gate Whiskey Company Announces Release #10:“Split Stave™ by Kelvin” Rye Whiskey

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  • November 13, 2020
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Bill Straub

Email: marketing@fourgatewhiskey.com

 

 Four Gate Whiskey Company Announces Release #10

 

“Split Stave™ by Kelvin”

Straight Rye Whiskey Finished in New American White Oak Toasted and Charred Casks

 LOUISVILLE, KY, November 10th, 2020- Four Gate Whiskey is releasing its 1oth batch of whiskey, and returning to their innovative Split Stavecasks designed and produced exclusively for Four Gate Whiskey Company by Kelvin Cooperage.

These casks are built by Kelvin by constructing a series of medium-toasted casks and a series of #2 char casks. The barrels were broken down before use and reassembled into Split Stave™ casks with alternating toasted and charred staves. The result combines the marshmallow and crème brulee sweetness of toasted barrels with the smoky oak of a double-barrel. The underlying whiskey is 7 year old Straight Rye Whiskey distilled in Indiana to a mash bill of 95% rye and 5% malted barley. 2,439 Bottles were produced at full cask strength of 112.5 proof.

“The main focus was to add complexity of flavor and additional sweetness from the wood sugars. We were already very happy with the quality of the base product,” Said Kelvin Cooperage Director of Operations William Hornaday, “By focusing on more toasted oak we were getting all those amazing caramelized wood sugars to add sweetness and depth of flavor to an already beautiful and spicy rye. In concept, the two complimented each other perfectly.”

This is the second use of these innovative barrels by Four Gate Whiskey Company, with the original release, batch #4, consisting of a bourbon aged in Split Stavecasks released last December

“We really love the creativity Kelvin Cooperage shows with these casks,” said Chief Blending Officer Bill Straub, “The fact that we can tweak them slightly, adding more toasted staves to the mix, for example, or using a lighter or heavier char, makes this finish process really versatile.”

The result with Batch 10 is a wonderfully sweet Rye Whiskey that still maintains a hint of spice and everything that makes the underlying Rye whiskey so delicious at the start.

Tasting Notes from the Chief Blending Officer:

 Appearance:      Amber

Nose:                     Mint, toasted marshmallows, oak, candied citrus.

Taste:                     The front palate is greeted by sweet crème brulee while toasted marshmallows line the perimeter. The rear palate gets a hint of black pepper and spices with pleasing warm oak.

Finish:                    Medium in length, spicy notes and marshmallows mingle on the mid palate.

 

Straub and D’Antoni run the company as the Chief Blending Officer and Chief Barrel Officer, respectively. With their roots in Louisville, Straub has leveraged his knowledge of bourbon and the industry as founder and Editor-In-Chief of ModernThirst.com since 2014. As a successful local entrepreneur, D’Antoni has used his connections to establish relationships to get his hands on some terrific bourbon.

A local collaboration like this feeds into the Four Gate Whiskey Company philosophy: 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.

There are 2,439 bottles of this release available in November in Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, Indiana and online through Seelbachs.com and BourbonOutfitter.com at a MSRP of $185.

Four Gate Whiskey Company’s products have been released since 2019 to critical acclaim, with batches 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, and 7 receiving Whisky Advocate scores of 90 points or higher, and various well-regarded writers and online reviewers naming batches 1, 3, 4, 5, and 6 amongst the top 10 whiskeys of 2019 and 2020. 

Four Gate Whiskey Company started in 2018 with the goal of releasing several unique batches of whiskey products each year. With its first product launch of 11-year-old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey finished in sherry-rum casks in April 2019, the team is excited to unveil the other small batch products with unique finishes in years to come. Learn more at fourgatewhiskey.com, like us on Facebook.com and follow us on Twitter @four_gate.

 Kelvin Cooperage, founded in Glasgow, Scotland in 1963 and now based in Louisville, KY, is a full-service family-owned cooperage supplying new and used barrels to wine, spirits, and beer producers around the world. For more information, visit Kelvincooperage.com

 Additional media images and information are available at fourgatewhiskey.com.

 

Release 10, Split Stave™ by Kelvin (Rye)

Release 10, Batch 10

Split Stave™ by Kelvin

Split Stave™ by Kelvin is a new twist and a return to innovative Split Stave™ casks designed and produced exclusively for Four Gate Whiskey Company by Kelvin Cooperage. 

These casks are built by Kelvin by constructing a series of medium-toasted casks and a series of #2 char casks. The barrels were broken down before use and reassembled into Split Stave™ casks with alternating toasted and charred staves. The result combines the marshmallow and crème brulee sweetness of toasted barrels with the smoky oak of a double-barrel. The underlying whiskey is 7 year old Straight Rye Whiskey distilled in Indiana to a mash bill of 95% rye and 5% malted barley. 2,439 Bottles were produced at full cask strength of 112.5 proof.

Split Stave™ by Kelvin (Batch 10) stats

  • Straight Rye Whiskey Finished in New American White Oak Toasted and Charred Casks
  • Mash Bill : 95% Rye, 5% Malted Barley
  • 112.5 Proof
  • 2,439 Bottles
  • MSRP: $185

TASTING NOTES:

  • Appearance: Amber
  • Nose: Mint, toasted marshmallows, oak, candied citrus.
  • Taste: The front palate is greeted by sweet crème brulee while toasted marshmallows line the perimeter. The rear palate gets a hint of black pepper and spices with pleasing warm oak.
  • Finish: Medium in length, spicy notes and marshmallows mingle on the mid palate.

Batch 10 Press

My Bourbon Journey Video Review

Bart from Scotch Test Dummies review

T8KE, Whiskey Raiders Review

Bourbon Bytes Video Review

BATCH 10 PRESS RELEASE

FGWC PRESS RELEASE BATCH 10 SPLIT STAVE BY KELVIN RYE

BATCH 10 PHOTOS

Release 9, Andalusia Key

OUR WHISKEY

Release 9, Batch 9

Andalusia Key

 

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.

Andalusia Key (Batch 9) Stats

  • Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey finished in Oloroso Sherry and Dark Rum Casks
  • Mash Bills finished in Dark Rum: 
    • 6 Year Kentucky Straight bourbon: 78% Corn, 10% Rye, 12% Malted Barley
    • 9 Year Kentucky Straight bourbon: 75% Corn, 13% Rye, 12% Malted Barley
    • 12 Year Kentucky Straight bourbon: 74% Corn, 18% rye, 8% Malted Barley
  • Mash Bills Finished in Oloroso Sherry:
    • 9 Year Kentucky Straight bourbon: 75% Corn, 13% Rye, 12% Malted Barley
    • 12 Year Kentucky Straight bourbon: 74% Corn, 18% rye, 8% Malted Barley
  • Non-Chill Filtered
  • 121.2 Proof
  • 1,309 Bottles
  • MSRP: $199
  • Available: October 2020 in Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, and Seelbachs.com

TASTING NOTES FROM THE CHIEF BLENDING OFFICER

  • Appearance:   Dark Reddish-Amber
  • Nose: Sweet fruits, fortified wine, molasses, and Vanilla
  • Taste: Where the sherry plays a big role on the nose, the underlying bourbon and rum finish take the forefront on the palate with traditional rye-bourbon spice and dark burnt brown sugars on the periphery.
  • Finish: Medium-short in length, the finish is dry and sherry-forward with a pepper spice that lingers a bit on the rear palate.

 

Batch 9 Press

My Bourbon Journey Video Review (via YouTube)

BATCH 9 PRESS RELEASE

FGWC PRESS RELEASE BATCH 9 Andalusia Key

BATCH 9 PHOTOS

 

Release 7, River Kelvin Rye

OUR WHISKEY

Release 7, Batch 7

River Kelvin Rye

For our first ever Rye, we selected the best barrels of 7 year old Indiana Straight Rye Whiskey we could find and blended them. The resulting whiskey is spicy and yet fruit-forward for a refreshing sip. Presented without barrel finishing, this whiskey is a great sip on its own, and will be bottled with at least two additional barrel finishes over the next year for a before-and-after presentation.

River Kelvin Rye (RELEASE 7) Stats

  • 7 Year Old Indiana Straight Rye Whiskey
  • Mash Bill: 95% Rye, 5% Malted Barley
  • Non-Chill Filtered
  • 113.2 Proof
  • 1,484 Bottles
  • MSRP: $175.00
  • Available: July 2020 in Kentucky, Tennessee, and Seelbachs.com

TASTING NOTES FROM THE CHIEF BLENDING OFFICER

  • Appearance:   Medium Amber
  • Nose: Mint, candied citrus, lemon zest, black pepper, dill.
  • Taste: A splash of refreshing mint hits the tip of the tongue and is followed by candied oranges and lemon zest on the mid palate. The rear palate is greeted with spicy black pepper and sweet citrus.
  • Finish: Medium in length, the black pepper, spice, and lemon zest coat the mouth with a pleasingly refreshing finish.

 

Batch 7 Press

Fred Minnick Video Review (“Really ****ing Good!”)

Mash & Drum Video Review

Bourbon Insane Video Review

Scotch Test Dummies Video Review

My Bourbon Journey Video Review

 

BATCH 7 PRESS RELEASE

FGWC PRESS RELEASE BATCH 7 River Kelvin Rye 6.3.2020

BATCH 7 PHOTOS

 

Release 8, Tennessee Foundation

OUR WHISKEY

Release 8, Batch 8

TENNESSEE FOUNDATION

In late 2019 and early 2020, Four Gate Whiskey Company released two unfinished Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey batches, dubbed “Foundation.” Due to the extremely limited amount of whiskey available, only a handful of those bottles made it to our second major market in Tennessee – or outside of Kentucky at all. To make up for that, the company is releasing a micro-batch of Tennessee Straight Bourbon Whiskey available in ALL of Four Gate’s markets. The batch is called “Tennessee Foundation.”

We selected and blended five barrels of 10-year-old Tennessee Straight Bourbon with a mash bill of 84% corn, 8% rye, and 8% malted barley.

Tennessee Foundation (RELEASE 8) Stats

  • 10 Year Old Tennessee Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • Mash Bill: 84% Corn, 8% Rye, 8% Malted Barley
  • Non-Chill Filtered
  • 112.2 Proof
  • 812 Bottles
  • MSRP: $149.00
  • Available: July 2020 in Kentucky, Tennessee, and Seelbachs.com

TASTING NOTES FROM THE CHIEF BLENDING OFFICER

  • Appearance:   Medium Amber
  • Nose: Mint, candied citrus, lemon zest, black pepper, dill.
  • Taste: A splash of refreshing mint hits the tip of the tongue and is followed by candied oranges and lemon zest on the mid palate. The rear palate is greeted with spicy black pepper and sweet citrus.
  • Finish: Medium in length, the black pepper, spice, and lemon zest coat the mouth with a pleasingly refreshing finish.

 

Batch 8 Press

Distillery Trail Announces Batch 8

BATCH 8 PRESS RELEASE

FGWC PRESS RELEASE Batch 8 – Tennessee Foundation

BATCH 8 PHOTOS

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