Four Gate Whiskey Releases Bourbon Finished in Cognac Casks
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Kentucky Whiskey Gets French Twist as Four Gate Releases Cognac-Finished Bourbon

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Four Gate Whiskey’s Batch 18 was finished in cognac casks. (Photo: Four Gate)

This month, Four Gate Whiskey Company announced its 18th batch of barrel-finished American whiskey, Saint Charente, a seven-year Kentucky Straight Bourbon finished in cognac casks.

“I absolutely love the nose on this batch,” Chief Blending Officer Bill Straub said in a news release. “It has tons of orchard fruits from those cognac casks, and the French oak gave it some great baking spice notes as well. It’s like apple pie.”

The batch was bottled with no water added and no chill filtering at 119.2 proof. 2,365 bottles were produced at a suggested retail price of $199. They will be available in Kentucky, Indiana, Tennessee, Louisiana, Georgia and Texas.

Four Gate Whiskey Company also announced that distribution to Illinois will begin with the next release, Batch 19, in April, through Republic National Distributing Company and its partnership with Heritage Wine Cellars Ltd.

Batch 18 also will be available online through Seelbachs.com, BourbonOutfitter.com and Caskers.com.

This batch is named for the River Charente, which runs through the Cognac region of France.

“All the little towns in that area are called ‘Saint’ this or that,” said Chief Barrel Officer Bob D’Antoni. “We added the Saint in front of Charente in homage of that.”

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