Four Gate Whiskey Company out of Kentucky recently debuted a new flagship whiskey, marking a move into having product on hand that is more consistent and year round.
The new Split Stave by Kelvin Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, according to those behind it, utilizes the brand’s Split Stave casks produced exclusively for them by Kelvin Cooperage. The expression specifically is “comprised of Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey finished in new Split Stave casks, which alternate between toasted and charred new white oak staves.”
Four Gate Whiskey had never released a flagship product before, it is said, because of an “inability to offer a consistent flavor profile between various sourced bourbons acquired by the company. Chief Barrel Officer Bob D’Antoni was able to secure enough supply of a single mash bill Kentucky Straight Bourbon to support this product for the foreseeable future.
“That underlying whiskey is a Kentucky Straight Bourbon with a Mash Bill of 75% corn, 20% rye, and 5 percent malted barley. It is at least 7 years old.”
“Our distributors and consumers have been asking us for something like this for a while,” said Chief Blending Officer Bill Straub in a prepared statement. “We’re very excited to be able to get a consistent product into the hands of consumers and know that when that bottle runs out, they’ll be able to replace it.”
Bottled at barrel proof, the initial run of Split Stave by Kelvin clocked in at 116.1 proof and carries an SRP of $175.