Koval Single Barrel Four Grain Whiskey


Single Barrel 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
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  • Country
    United States
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Flavour Spiral™

About The Flavour Spiral

malted barley
orange zest
What does Koval Single Barrel Four Grain Whiskey taste like?

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Bourbon set of rules refer to manufacturing method rather than location. It must be matured in new and charred casks of American white oak. No colouring or flavouring of any type is allowed. It must be matured for at least 2 years, if a bottle does not bear an age it is at least 4 years old. The mash bill must contain at least 51% corn.

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

Long and spicy
Ratings & Reviews
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.
I love it very smooth and great to drink by it self or mixed
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.
Love the spicy taste
This is truly something special, a definite constant for my cabinet!
Potent sipping whiskey. Strong notes of charcoal. 1 shot over 1 cube in a glass. Strong buzz, no hangover. Nuff said.
Smooth, complex, robust, yet well balanced
Very smooth, great smoky aftertaste.
Great taste, very smooth on the pallet. A bottle that I'll be buying frequently to keep stocked in the cabinet.
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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