Koval Four Grain Whiskey

Koval

Four Grain Whiskey

(0.5l, 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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  • Style
    American Whiskey
  • Region
    Illinois
  • Country
    United States
  • Alcohol
    47%
  • Distillery
    Koval
  • Bottler
    Koval

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Rye Whiskey is made from mash that is at least 51 per cent rye. The grain gives rye Whiskey its spicy, sometimes peppery, and bitter flavour. Rye was a big seller before Prohibition. After decades in obscurity, it’s fashionable again. George Washington distilled rye Whiskey at Mount Vernon.

Tasting Notes

Appearance / Color
Cherry wood

Nose / Aroma / Smell
Banana and cream with baking spice

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

Finish
Long and spicy
Ratings & Reviews
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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