About Four Gate 7 Year Old River Kelvin Rye Batch 7
Four Gate Whiskey Company started releasing its small-batch expressions with innovative finishes in 2019, gaining much critical acclaim from the start. Batches 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, and 8 all received Whisky Advocate scores of 90 points or higher, and various well-regarded writers and online reviewers named batches 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 10 amongst the top 10 American whiskeys of 2019 and 2020.
Release #7, River Kelvin Rye, is Four Gate Whiskey Company’s first ever rye. After they finally found straight rye that met their high standards, Straub and D’Antoni selected the best barrels of 7-year-old Indiana straight rye whiskey and blended them, creating a spicy and yet fruit-forward whiskey for a refreshing sip. This batch of the Indiana rye, made from a mash bill of 95% rye and 5% malted barley, is presented without barrel finishing and bottled at 113.2 proof. Even though the cooperage was not involved in the making of this release, Four Gate still paid homage to it with the name. Only 1,484 bottles of this delicious sipping whiskey were made.
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About Four Gate Whiskey Company
In 2018 Bill Straub and Bob D'Antoni, both whiskey enthusiasts, founded the Four Gate Whiskey Company in Kentucky and launched their mission to release extra small batches of unique combinations of whiskey and finish barrels. Specializing in sourced whiskey blends and partnering with Kelvin Cooperage, a family-owned barrel supplier founded in 1963 in Scotland and currently based in Louisville, the combinations of quality whiskey blends and used barrels they put together are truly ecclectic. From bourbon finished in cognac and dark rum casks to split stave casks, there is really no idea too wild for Four Gate and they make it work.
As American as the bald eagle, rye whiskey was first brewed in the American Northeast in the 1600s. Even George Washington distilled it after leaving the Oval Office, so there’s no way of denying its origin.
It’s distinguished from bourbon for its original and unique spicy notes.
By law, rye whiskey must be made from at least 51% rye grain, aged in new and charred oak barrels for at least two years, and bottled at no more than 62,5% ABV.
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