Koval Single Barrel Bourbon


Single Barrel

(0.75l, 47%)

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Think you know Bourbon? Koval Single Barrel is likely to be the most unique Bourbon you have ever tasted.  

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 USIt 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. 

We just LOVE the smell of innovation in the morning! 
If you call yourself a Bourbon fan, you probably know that you can’t call it Bourbon unless you follow a bunch of rules. Fair enough. One of those rules is that Bourbon is at least 51% Corn. The rest is usually a chefs-choice of rye, barley, and wheat. But … the good folks at Koval had their legal team pour over the fine print, and—sure enough—it doesn’t HAVE to be rye, barley, and wheat. As long as you have the corn part right, the rest can be any other grain. 
Anyway … Koval starts with corn and then finishes off the mash bill with millet and the result is unlike any other Bourbon we’ve tasted so far with a fruit-forward character that compliments the sweetness of the corn. Everything else is just how you want it … new oak casks, proper aging, etc. Some folks talk a good innovation game, but Koval brings the small-batch and single-barrel goods. If you are not intrigued yet, then someone broke your sense of wonder and we feel sorry for you. 
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Millet has been used to make distilled spirits in Nepal for more than a century. Traditional Nepalese “Whiskies” made with millet include Tongba (a steeped whiskey-like drink filtered through a special bamboo straw), Raksi (similar to a cross between Gin and Japanese Saki), and Chhaang (similar to beer and made with millet, rice, and/or barley).


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gently sweet
What does Koval Single Barrel Bourbon taste like?

The Flavour Spiral™ shows the most common flavours that you'll taste in Koval Single Barrel Bourbon and gives you a chance to have a taste of it before actually tasting it.

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The temperatures of American warehouses are much higher, so the pace of maturation is much quicker for Bourbons than for Scotch Whiskies

Tasting Notes

Appearance / Color
Warm Amber 
Nose / Aroma / Smell
Mango chutney and vanilla 
Flavor / Taste / Palate
Dried apricots and crème brûlée with spiced caramel and a hint of tobacco
Long, smooth, and gently sweet
Ratings & Reviews
Member Reviews and Ratings of Koval Single Barrel Bourbon
Oddly sweet. Reminds me of Summer's in my Great Grandmothers kitchen.
A very young bourbon that suffers for it's age. I loved it when I tried the sampler pack, but by the time I purchased a bottle my tastes had changed. Good for beginners.
Literally my favorite bourbon, and I have tried at least 100. Deep, smoky barrel taste with a smooth, pleasant, full finish without the heavy bite. Surprised my favorite would be a newer player out of Chicago, but the bourbon is simply excellent.
I did not like this one. It had a heavy taste of barley or plant.
So good I just ordered a second bottle even though I still have half a bottle left. I am impressed with how smooth this is.
What about the Kentucky thing with bourbon???
Very good, very bourbon...
Millet fills out the rest of the mash, balancing and softening that cut-throat corn. Smoother than many, but definitely still a bourbon
This is an extremely smooth bourbon. It has a really distinctive taste, and the finish has just the right amount of heat. It should interest any bourbon drinker whether they are a long time fan or a recent convert.
Very nice flavor. I'm new to this tasting thing and so far it's been a very pleasant experience
Stunning. The nose kept a strong interest in the drink followed by a great taste.
I received the sample of this in my welcome package and it was intriguing enough to want to try again. Definitely something I want to add to my collection.
I really liked this Bourbon! Very unique with a nice soft & sweet finish!
Unique, smooth, great finish, no burn, a hint of sweetness.
Weird. Nose was strong of caramel and pears. Flavor was sweet and sugary. Not a lot of Depth to this one. Mostly sugar booze. I do want to try it again, but I'm not sure what id do with it.
Good local whisky
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