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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:

Coming Soon!

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:

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.

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

Release 6, The Kelvin Collaboration II

OUR WHISKEY

Release 6, Batch 6

THE KELVIN COLLABORATION II

Named 2020 “Barrel-Finished Whiskey of the Year” by Fred Minnick

 

In April of 2019, we released our very first barrel finished whiskey, dubbed THE KELVIN COLLABORATION. The reception was better than we ever could have hoped for. To follow up on that with our first release in 2020, we returned to the same mash bill that made batch 1 so popular and added a twist. 

In collaboration with Kelvin Cooperage, we took our now 12 year old high rye Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey and filled three massive Cognac barrels and a selection of dark rum barrels Kelvin Cooperage acquired from the same rum distillery as the barrels used to finish batch 1.

That’s right, a 12 year old Kentucky Straight Bourbon whiskey finished in Cognac and Dark Rum casks. It’s a worthy inheritor of The Kelvin Collaboration name and we’re confident you’ll love the smoky and sweet combination of flavors.

The Kelvin Collaboration II will be available in Kentucky, Tennessee and Seelbachs.com in April of 2020.

THE KELVIN COLLABORATION II (RELEASE 6) Stats

  • 12 Year Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon finished in Cognac and Rum Casks
  • Mash Bill: 74% Corn, 18% Rye, 8% Malted Barley
  • Non-Chill Filtered
  • 126.4 Proof
  • 2,574 Bottles
  • MSRP: $199.99
  • Available: April 2020, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Seelbachs.com only

TASTING NOTES FROM THE CHIEF BLENDING OFFICER

Nose: Deep brown

Taste:  Sweet and spicy, the outer palate is coated with sugary molasses and dark rum notes while the rear palate is inundated with mature oak and booze-soaked red grapes.

Finish: Medium-long, the rum and barrel tannins linger in a sweet yet oak-filled experience.

 

BATCH 6 PRESS: 

Fred Minnick “2020 Barrel-Finished Whiskey of the Year”

Fred Minnick Video Review

My Bourbon Journey Video Tasting

The Whiskey Jug Review

It’s Bourbon Night, “25 Most Notable Whiskeys of 2020”

The Oak & Smoke Whiskey Reviews Video Review

Bourbon Insane Written Review

Bourbon Insane Video Review

Blind Whiskey Reviews Video Review

Scotch Test Dummies Video Review

Whiskey Fellow Review

Whiskey Crusaders Video Review

The Bourbon Junkies Video Review

Whiskey Consensus Review

Bourbon Pursuit Quickie Review

Batch 6 Press Release:  

FGWC PRESS RELEASE – BATCH 6 KCII 4.2.20

 

Batch 6 Photos:

Release 5, Foundation

OUR WHISKEY

Release 5, Batch 5

FOUNDATION

In November of 2019, Four Gate Whiskey Company released a batch of 748 bottles of a 9 year, 9 month straight bourbon whiskey called “FOUNDATION” that sold out to distributors immediately. Lucky for us, Chief Barrel Officer Bob D’Antoni was able to locate limited additional stocks of the same whiskey.

Four Gate Whiskey Company is proud to release batch 5, our second release of FOUNDATION. This is the last of this whiskey the company will release, and only 590 total bottles were produced. It is a Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey distilled from a mash bill consisting of 75% corn, 13% rye, and 12% malted barley, and checks in at 120.2 proof, and aged 9 years, 9 months.

“This Batch came in slightly higher proof than batch 3,” said chief Blending Officer, Bill Straub. “It’s just slightly more in-your-face than the third release and a little more aggressive on the front palate.”

Foundation will be available in Kentucky and Seelbachs.com only in February of 2020.

FOUNDATION (RELEASE 5) Stats

  • 9 Year, 9 Month Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon
  • Mash Bill: 75% Corn, 13% Rye, 12% Malted Barley
  • Non-Chill Filtered
  • 120.2 Proof
  • 590 Bottles
  • MSRP: $199.99
  • Available: February 2019, Kentucky and Seelbachs.com only

TASTING NOTES FROM THE CHIEF BLENDING OFFICER

Nose:   Sweet fruits and vanilla cream are joined by graham cracker and rye pepper

Taste:   A touch of heat on the front palate is followed by sweetness on the mid-palate with more custard and cream, followed by baking spices, cinnamon, oak, and pie crust

Finish:  Medium-long in length, the rye notes are balanced with sweet cinnamon toast and rye spice

 

BATCH 5 PRESS: 

Coming Soon

 

Batch 5 Press Release:  

FGWC BATCH 5 FOUNDATION PRESS RELEASE

 

Batch 5 Photos:

Release 4, Split Stave™ by Kelvin

OUR WHISKEY

Release 4, Batch 4

SPLIT STAVE™ BY KELVIN

 

We’ve given you whiskey finished in used cooperage. We’ve given you whiskey that isn’t finished at all. So for our 4th release, we wanted the barrel experts at Kelvin Cooperage to show off their skills with new cooperate and create something unique and innovative. They delivered.

After crafting a series of medium toast casks, then a series of #2 char casks, and finally a third series of #4 char casks, William Hornaday and his team at Kelvin broke all the barrels apart and rebuilt them, alternating between toasted staves and #2 char staves on some barrels, and toasted and #4 char staves on others, they have created the first ever “Split Stave” barrels.

To fill them, we blended a 5.5 Year Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon and a 12 Year Old  Kentucky Straight Bourbon and let them rest in our Split Stave barrels for five months. We produced 2,700 bottles from this inaugural release of Split Stave by Kelvin. It is uncut and unfiltered at 115.6 proof.

 

SPLIT STAVE™ BY KELVIN (Batch 4) Stats

  • Type: Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • 5.5 Year Mash Bill: 78% Corn, 10% Rye, 12% Malted Barley
  • 12 Year Mash Bill: 74% Corn, 18% Rye, 8% Malted Barley
  • Non-Chill Filtered
  • 115.6 Proof
  • 2,700 Bottles
  • MSRP: $174.99
  • Available: December 2019, Kentucky and Tennessee Only

 

TASTING NOTES FROM THE CHIEF BLENDING OFFICER

Nose:  Dark cocoa powder with hints of creamy crème brûlée

Taste: Oak is front and center on the tip of the tongue while sweet custard and cinnamon notes strike the mid-palate

Finish: Long and rich, the oak notes intermingle with dark chocolate and earthy tobacco for an intense finish

 

BATCH 4 PRESS: 

Scotch Test Dummies (YouTube)

My Bourbon Journey (YouTube)

The Oak and Smoke Whiskey Reviews (YouTube)

Dads Drinking Bourbon (Podcast,via YouTube)

Whiskey Consensus Review

 

Batch 4 Press Release: 

FGWC SPLIT STAVE PRESS RELEASE

 

 

Batch 4 Photos:

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