Four Gate The Kelvin Collaboration II Batch 6 Bourbon Whiskey

Four Gate Whiskey Company’s Release #6, The Kelvin Collaboration II, is a 12-year-old Kentucky straight bourbon finished in cognac and dark rum casks. This sweet and smoky expression from the innovative Louisville-based company was named Barrel-Finished Whiskey of the Year 2020 by Fred Minnick.
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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 #6, The Kelvin Collaboration II, is a 12-year-old Kentucky straight bourbon finished in cognac and rum casks. This expression is a follow-up on their very first release of a barrel finished whiskey, The Kelvin Collaboration from April 2019, which was extremely well received. Kelvin Cooperage acquired dark rum barrels from the same rum distillery as the barrels used to finish batch 1. The underlying bourbon is made from a mash bill of 74% corn, 18% rye and 8% malted barley. Adding a new twist, Straub and D’Antoni created a sweet and smoky expression that was named Barrel-Finished Whiskey of the Year 2020 by Fred Minnick. 2,574 bottles were produced at 126.4 proof.

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Proof 126.4 (63.2% ABV)
Distiller/Bottler Name Four Gate Whiskey Company
Size 750mL
A mix of winter aromas on the nose opens up to a sweet and spicy palate, with sugary molasses and dark rum notes, and mature oak and booze-soaked red grapes on the rear palate. The finish is medium in length, with lingering rum and barrel tannins.
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