Koval Single Barrel Four Grain Whiskey

Koval Single Barrel Four Grain Whiskey

(0.75l, 47%)


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You can't call this a bourbon, but you can call it delicious.

Koval is the first small batch distillery in Chicago since the dark days of the prohibition era, and one of the leading craft distilleries in the US. It was founded in 2008 by Robert and Sonat Birnecker who abandoned their academic careers to follow their hearts. Growing up, Robert lived near Salzburg, Austria, and was immersed in a culture of small batch distilling, so perhaps this is destiny. For those of us who love great spirits, it is just good luck for us! The distillery supports sustainable agriculture and is certified as both organic and kosher—there’ll be no outsourcing for these kids. In eight short years they have expanded their miracle-working to … geez, just about everything from Gin, to Whiskey, to Liqueurs, and a bunch of other fiddly things, all of them professionally crafted and tasty-good. In fact, they are rated as one of the top ten small-batch distilleries in the US.

You can’t call Koval Four Grain a Bourbon. That’s because it has no corn at all in the mash bill. It’s made of oat, malted barley, rye, and wheat. They are also very particular about the barrels they use. These barrels are not just heavy-charred American White oak. They’re a very particular kind of oak called Minnesota Oak, adn they like it because it has a tighter grain pattern that adds a unique spice to the final dram. The net result is a very smooth Whiskey that has a unique and distinct banana essence. Coupled with that smoothness and spice, it’s sort of like drinking a Bananas Foster made with Rye Whiskey.

"US micro Whiskey of the year runner up"
- Whisky Bible 2017

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spicy
grain
banana
oak
rye
vanilla
malted barley
orange zest
cherry
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Moonshine Whiskey is distilled from a varied mix of corn and sugar and is aged in Mason jars and jugs for the length of time that it takes the customers to get home.

Tasting Notes

Appearance / Color
Cherry wood

Nose / Aroma / Smell
Banana and cream with baking spice

Flavor / Taste / Palate
Rich, creamy texture with orange zest and vanilla

Finish
Long and spicy
Ratings & Reviews
Matthew
Matthew,
Powerful Oak and Vanilla with a strong tingling undercurrent. Tickles but doesn't burn. Lingering finish.
 
Austin
Austin,
This would be great for whiskey sours
 
Terri
Terri,
Very nice whiskey. Full of tropical fruitiness up front with plenty of fire on the backside.
 
Allison
Allison,
Alright, not something I would buy
 
Jared
Jared,
Banana on the nose with vanilla, pleasant taste and some spice to finish with oak notes and strong rye.
 
Jeffry
Jeffry,
Like the flavor profile here starts sweet and ends spicy. I’ll bet it makes a great Manhattan
 
Jeff
Jeff,
I get the wheat in the nose, but damn if it didn’t open up into banana nut bread-nearly chipped a tooth on a walnut shell!
 
Joe
Joe,
Banana nose taste that surprises pie crust, cinnamon, and fig. Pleasantly mouth-coating. I get some maple syrup and faint oak on the finish. Add water and it mellows out and oats come through reminding me of banana nut bread! Interesting find
 
Paul
Paul,
Really interesting flavor; the banana taste is really prevalent. Dropped a small ice cube in halfway thru and the spice mellows, becomes sweeter and the flavor of oats comes out creating this banana bread thing that’s great after dinner, or first thing in the morning lol
 
Jeff
Jeff,
Taste like paint thinner
 
James
James,
Strong flavor of smoke to start with a mellow peppery finish.
 
Alex
Alex,
Delicious whiskey with a spicy, complex flavor. Very good for the price.
 
Gregory
Gregory,
I like it.
 
Paul
Paul,
more burn than I normally like. But nice flavor for a grain whiskey.
 
Nikki
Nikki,
The best whiskey in their line of liquors.
 
Ian
Ian,
Being Single Barrel has its ups and downs. Each Barrel has different characteristics, even with the same char level or wood, and this is why most Single Barrels are long-aged. Other reviews may have had different experiences but for me I found that it had an artificial flavor tinge that overpowered the caramel and sweetness. I think the barrel I got my bottle from may have been an error of either under-char or perhaps the oats had an unwanted character. Either way, from some of the positive reviews and the description given by Flaviar, I'm hoping that a different bottle of this would give a better experience.
 
Brian
Brian,
The perfect concoction for those that appreciate a good sippin whiskey and a great scotch with bite. Like a crossroads between two fated lovers destined to fail but seen in their greatest moment, this four grain is everything that shouldn't work together but makes your tongue feel as perfect as any whiskey ever could. If there was something I had to choose, a singular drink for the rest of ever, this bottle would be it.
 
Robin
Robin,
Love it. A great all around dram
 
Adam
Adam,
Little too much spice at the end
 
David
David,
Very young wood notes. Also on the sweet side with a Carmel and coffee flavor that just seems artificial. If you ordered a well whiskey at a dive bar you might be pleasantly surprised if it tasted like this but it is by no means good and there is much better whiskey out there at this price point.
 
Lisa
Lisa,
This is one of my favorites! Definitely smooth and delicious. I will absolutely purchase another!!!
 
Andy
Andy,
congac
 
Walter
Walter,
Right at pour the spice and wood is strong, after I let it sit out for about twenty minutes the fruits really came out. I'm hoping to save the majority of it for summer, when BBQ season starts. I think it would go really well with pork or chicken smoked over cherry, apple, or even pecan wood. With how it mellows over time I'll probably try and smoke a bourbon pecan pie with it as well.
 
guest
guest,
I love it very smooth and great to drink by it self or mixed
 
George
George,
I hate to give a negative or even middle of the road rating but I have to. For me the flavor profile had possibilities of a great drink but the overall taste wasn’t there for me. I felt as if it was too oaky if that’s a word. It is definitely like most drinks an acquired taste. I unfortunately can not acquire a taste for it. I’m sure it has a great following.
 
Arkopal
Arkopal,
Love the spicy taste
 
Eric
Eric,
This is truly something special, a definite constant for my cabinet!
 
Alexander
Alexander,
Potent sipping whiskey. Strong notes of charcoal. 1 shot over 1 cube in a glass. Strong buzz, no hangover. Nuff said.
 
A
A,
Smooth, complex, robust, yet well balanced
 
Scott
Scott,
Very smooth, great smoky aftertaste.
 
Anthony
Anthony,
Great taste, very smooth on the pallet. A bottle that I'll be buying frequently to keep stocked in the cabinet.
 
Brian
Brian,
This was part of my introductory taste box. While the other two weren't bad, this one redefined good american whiskey for me. Excellent flavor with minimal burn, fantastic.
 
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