I have to admit I passed on Four Gate Foundation (batch 3) a few times when I had chances to buy it. I’ll be honest, it was just too expensive to take a flier on a 9 year 9 month whiskey that I had no clue where it was sourced. Then the reviews started rolling out, and while tempted, I stayed away. The high retail price and lack of disclosure (other than Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey) of the source had me reluctant to pull the trigger. If you simply go by the stats, it’s totally reasonable to assume this release would be fine whiskey. From Four Gate’s website:
It just so happened that we located and purchased some Kentucky Straight Bourbon ranging from 9 years, 9 months old to over 11 years that was so good when we tasted it with Kelvin Cooperage, that we all agreed we couldn’t make it better by barrel finishing it.
So we’re presenting a very small batch of this wonderful whiskey to you in all its unfiltered, barrel proof glory. That’s right, Straight Kentucky Bourbon, no finish at all.
The only downside is that we didn’t get a whole lot of this whiskey, so this micro-batch is extremely limited in size, with only 748 bottles produced. And since great bourbon forms the foundation of our product, we named it just that: FOUNDATION.
Sure. Sourced whiskey. An “extremely limited” batch and a high price tag. Sounds like another Non-Distiller Producer selling hyped whiskey. Let’s go ahead and have a pour to find out…