About Four Gate Ruby Rye Springs Batch 11 Rye Whiskey
Four Gate is a whiskey company from Louisville, Kentucky that specializes in sourced whiskey blends. The company blends the highest quality whiskey available to create new, unique, and exciting batches of barrel-finished craft American whiskey. They work closely with the barrel experts at the family-owned, Louisville-based Kelvin Cooperage to find new and innovative ways for barrel finishing their releases. Four Gate was founded in 2018 by Bill Straub, who is the company’s Chief Blending Officer, and Bob D’Antoni, the Chief Barrel Officer. While Straub has leveraged his knowledge of bourbon and the industry as founder and Editor-In-Chief of ModernThirst.com, D’Antoni is a successful local entrepreneur who has used his connections to establish relationships to get his hands on some terrific bourbon.
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.
Four Gate Whiskey Company’s Release #11, Ruby Rye Springs, is a 7-year straight rye whiskey finished in ruby port-rum casks. Following batches 7 and 10, this is the third presentation of the same underlying rye whiskey made from a mash bill of 95% rye and 5% malted barley. This time, the Indiana-sourced straight rye was finished for forty-two days in ruby port-rum casks. The secondary casks were originally used to mature ruby port, a sweet and bright style of port wine, and after that they were used to age a blend of rums by Virago Spirits in Richmond, VA, imparting them with a lush molasses sweetness that pairs excellently with the bright red fruit of the ruby port. Only 1,444 bottles were produced at 113.4 proof.
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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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