Kentucky-based Four Gate Whiskey Company is on a roll with new offerings for 2020, having recently released its ninth bottle: another Kentucky straight bourbon that this time is finished in a combination of Oloroso sherry and dark rum casks. It is said by them that, after releasing two unfinished whiskeys, the company “went back to its roots” and pulled out all the stops for this blend, called Andalusia Key.
Four Gate combined two unique blends: one comprised of three different Kentucky straight bourbons aged in dark rum casks from the Florida Keys and the other from two Kentucky straight bourbons finished in Oloroso sherry casks from the Andalusia region of Spain.
“This is really our niche,” said Bill Straub, chief blending officer for Four gate, in a prepared statement. “We’re blenders at heart and we love to collaborate with Kelvin Cooperage on finding great secondary casks to further age the blends we come up with.”
“We’re really happy with this whiskey,” added Bob D’Antoni, chief barrel officer. “We really stayed on top of this one tasting it at every opportunity for months until we felt like it was perfect. Its one of the sweetest releases we’ve had yet.”
Only 1,309 bottles were produced for Four Gate Whiskey Batch #9— all un-chill-filtered at full cask strength of 60.6% ABV or 121.2 proof. It is for sale for around $199 in Kentucky, Tennessee and Georgia as well as online. You’ll find some official tasting notes below.
- Nose: heavy dry sherry, sweet fruits, black pepper and oak
- Taste: initially hits the pallet with fortified wine but develops into traditional spicy bourbon notes with a sweet molasses-rim wave.
- Finish: medium in length, dry and pleasing with oak and rich brown sugar.
Four Gate, for those who don’t know about it, is the result of Straub, leveraging his roots in Louisville, Kentucky as well as his knowledge of bourbon and the industry as founder and Editor-In-Chief of ModernThirst.com since 2014. D’Antoni, meanwhile, has contributed as well by using his connections to “establish relationships to get his hands on some terrific bourbon.”
Hannah Kanik is a freelance writer from California. Two years ago, she found herself drinking Scottish whisky atop Arthur's Seat in Edinburgh and found her love for whisky and its storytelling side-effects.