From Four Gate Whiskey to Tennessee with love.
It was in 2018 when Bill Straub and Bob D'Antoni, both Whiskey enthusiasts, founded the Four Gate Whiskey Company in Kentucky and launched their mission to release très petits batches of unique combinations of Whiskey and finish barrels. And boy did they mean it when they said unique. 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 so exotic it almost seems like you didn't read it right. From Bourbon finished in Cognac and Dark Rum casks to Bourbon finished in Orange Curaçao and Gin casks, there is really no idea too wild for Four Gate and they make it work.
That’s not all they do, though. In 2019 and in early 2020, they released two unfinished Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey batches – the Foundation. The release was so limited, it barely made it outside of Kentucky, so naturally, Four Gate's second biggest market a.k.a. the people of Tennesse wanted to get a sip, too. So, by popular demand, the folk at Four Gate hand-picked five barrels of 10YO Tennessee Straight Bourbon with a mash bill of 84% corn, 8% rye, and 8% malted barley, and the 8th batch, The Tennessee Foundation was born. As said, all Four Gate batches are très petits, but this one is a micro-batch, really. With only 812 bottles made, it'd be difficult to find a more exclusive batch. And how does it taste, you ask? Like nothing else: it's mint with candied citrus, lemon zest, black pepper and spice. Refreshing, complex and intriguing.