Koval Single Barrel Bourbon Whiskey
  • Category Bourbon
  • Country United States
  • Distillery Koval
  • Style Bourbon
  • Alcohol 47%
California residents: Click here for Proposition 65 WARNING.
  • caramel
  • apricot
  • tobacco
  • gently sweet
  • mango
  • vanilla
  • dried fruit
  • charred
  • spicy

Koval

Single Barrel Bourbon Whiskey (0.5l, 47%)

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

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. 

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 about 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. 

 
Smartass Corner:
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).

 

  • Category Bourbon
  • Country United States
  • Distillery Koval
  • Style Bourbon
  • Alcohol 47%
California residents: Click here for Proposition 65 WARNING.
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.
 
Finish 
Long, smooth, and gently sweet.
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  • caramel
  • apricot
  • tobacco
  • gently sweet
  • mango
  • vanilla
  • dried fruit
  • charred
  • spicy
Dog Dogson's Smartass corner
Character Dogson
Koval is Chicago’s first distillery since the 1800s.
Bourbon must be made from a grain mixture that is at least 51% corn.
Bourbon Is a ''new barrel Spirit'': One of the legal requirements for Bourbon is that it only be aged in brand new oak charred barrels.
Straight Bourbon must be matured for at least 2 years. If a bottle has no age statement, it’s at least 4 years old.
Bourbon only needs to be placed in a new oak container for a few seconds to be called Bourbon. Fresh from the still and unaged Bourbon is called a White Dog. Recently, many of the larger distillers have started packaging this harsh, clear grain spirit for sale.
Bourbon was declared "The Official Spirit of America" by an Act of Congress signed by President Lyndon Johnson in 1964.
Dog Dogson's Smartass corner
Character Dogson
Koval is Chicago’s first distillery since the 1800s.
Bourbon must be made from a grain mixture that is at least 51% corn.
Bourbon Is a ''new barrel Spirit'': One of the legal requirements for Bourbon is that it only be aged in brand new oak charred barrels.
Straight Bourbon must be matured for at least 2 years. If a bottle has no age statement, it’s at least 4 years old.
Bourbon only needs to be placed in a new oak container for a few seconds to be called Bourbon. Fresh from the still and unaged Bourbon is called a White Dog. Recently, many of the larger distillers have started packaging this harsh, clear grain spirit for sale.
Bourbon was declared "The Official Spirit of America" by an Act of Congress signed by President Lyndon Johnson in 1964.
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