This is batch 3 of Four Gate's Foundation series. A blend of 9yr9mo whiskey and 11y4mo whiskey with a little in between, this 9yr age stated bourbon at barrel proof should be interesting. It's worth noting the distiller is officially undisclosed, but there has been some gobbling over the who and what of where this was distilled. Let's dive in.
Rich and nutty, sweet and filled with orange peel, pepper, clove and some nice tobacco. Doesn’t seem to be terribly young or ethanol forward initially.
Medium mouth feel, coats the palate well but doesn’t hang forever. Hot hot hot though. Lots of heat. Sweet toffee, some apple butter, cinnamon, clove, light orange peel note.
Long, hot but rich. Lots of tobacco, pepper, honey, praline and orange peel. Interesting stuff. Drinks a bit hot, for as old as some of these barrels are supposed to be in the blend, but it isn’t punishing. Just something to note.
Overall, this is a very competent bourbon. It’s rich, full of good flavors. It’s a bit hot, but at 60% ABV, I guess its sort of warranted. I’ve had many a KC SiB that drank more well behaved than this. I’d be surprised if this wasn’t turkey, or part turkey. The orange marmalade note usually sticks out to me with that clove for WT, but I’ve had a fair shake of single barrels from other places that can pull off a good hoodwink. Long and short of it, this is good bourbon. It’s actually very good bourbon. I’m thankful my ratings are insulated from price, though, because in my opinion, this isn’t a good $200 spend.