WINNER: David Sampson of Venice, FL
Four Gate Whiskey Company blends the highest quality whiskey available and collaborates on each batch with the barrel experts at Kelvin Cooperage to barrel finish the whiskey in new and innovative ways.
Eagle Thief (2 Bottles)
Eagle Thief is a tribute to the late Kevin McLaughlin of Kelvin Cooperage, who passed away in December of 2019, and funds a donation to his charity of choice: West End School of Louisville.
Kevin McLaughlin ran Kelvin Cooperage with his brother, Paul, after their father founded the cooperage in Glasgow, Scotland in 1963. Kevin passed away on December 27th, 2019, after a courageous battle with cancer. Kevin was an avid and skilled golfer, who played collegiate golf at Pepperdine University, where he captained the golf team. As such, much of the labeling of the batch are tributes to Kevin’s golf game and the cooperage he ran so successfully. Kevin and Kelvin Cooperage was instrumental in the founding and early success of Four Gate Whiskey.
Split Stave™ by Kelvin
Four Gate gives you whiskey finished in used cooperage. In their 4th release, they wanted the barrel experts at Kelvin Cooperage to show off their skills with new cooperate and create something unique and innovative. They delivered.
After crafting a series of medium toast casks, then a series of #2 char casks, and finally the third series of #4 char casks, William Hornaday and his team at Kelvin broke all the barrels apart and rebuilt them, alternating between toasted staves and #2 char staves on some barrels, and toasted and #4 char staves on others, they have created the first-ever “Split Stave™” barrels.
To fill them, Four Gate blended a 5.5-Year-Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon and a 12-Year-Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon and let them rest in Split Stave barrels for five months. The produced 2,700 bottles from this inaugural release of Split Stave™ by Kelvin. It is uncut and unfiltered at 115.6 proof.
River Kelvin Rye
For their first-ever Rye, we selected the best barrels of 7-year-old Indiana Straight Rye Whiskey they could find and blended them. The resulting whiskey is spicy and yet fruit-forward for a refreshing sip. Presented without barrel finishing, this whiskey is a great sip on its own.