Four Gate Whiskey Company Announces Batch 14 ‘Old Sherry Pike’

By Gary Carter / August 14, 2021

Four Gate Whiskey Company recently announced its 14th release, a blend of two Kentucky straight bourbon whiskeys matured an additional 88 days in Spanish Oloroso sherry barrels.

They’ve dubbed this batch “Old Sherry Pike.”

It’s a blend of 6 and 12-year-old Kentucky straight bourbon whiskeys with mash bills of 78% corn, 10% rye, and 12 % malted barley for the 6-year and 74% corn, 18% rye, and 8% malted barley for the 12-year.

Four Gate Old Sherry Pike

Four Gate Old Sherry Pike (image via Four Gate)

The sherry barrels were originally used in Spain to age Oloroso sherry, a fortified wine known for its sweet and nutty characteristics. Four Gate made 1,757 bottles of Old Sherry Pike at its natural cask strength, 118.9 proof.

Old Sherry Pike retails for $199 and will be available this summer in Kentucky, Indiana, Tennessee, Georgia, and for the first time, Louisiana. Bottles will also be available online.

“This is a first for us,” said Four Gate Chief Blending Officer Bill Straub in a prepared statement. “We have typically used dual-finish methods for all our batches, but these Sherry barrels smelled so good we just wanted to present this with one finish.”

Chief Barrel Officer Bob D’Antoni, who sourced the finishing barrels, agreed. “This is really tasty. Let it open up when you first crack the bottle and you won’t be disappointed,” he said.

Straub and D’Antoni comprise the bourbon team for Four Gate. Its products have been released since 2019 and have found critical acclaim, with every batch reviewed by Whisky Advocate earning a score of 90 points or higher (90-94 = ‘Outstanding; a whisky of superior character and style’), and Four Gate’s various batches have been ranked among the top 10 American whiskeys of 2019, 2020, and 2021.

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Four Gate Whiskey Company started in 2018 with the goal of releasing several unique batches of whiskey products each year. With its first product launch of 11-year-old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey finished in sherry-rum casks in April 2019, the team looks to unveil the other small batch products with unique finishes in years to come.