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 (0.75l, 47%)
Price $49.99

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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 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. 

 
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
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Character Dogson
Bourbon rules refer to manufacturing methods rather than location. Bourbon must be matured in new and charred American white oak casks for at least 2 years. If the bottle has no age statement, the Bourbon is at least 4 years old. No coloring or flavoring of any type is allowed, and the mash bill must contain at least 51% corn.
Bourbons have very prominent notes of vanilla, as American White Oak is naturally high in vanillins.
Sure, Kentucky gets all the press when it comes to Bourbon. And with good reason—nearly 95% of it is produced there. But Bourbon can be made anywhere as long as it's within the United States. Just ask states with budding distilleries like Illinois and New York.
Bourbon matures quicker than Scotch due to higher temperatures in American warehouses.
Whisky or Whiskey? The spelling differs geographically. In Scotland, Japan, and some other parts of the world, distilleries usually spell it Whisky; in Ireland and the USA, they spell it Whiskey.
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.
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Character Dogson
Bourbon rules refer to manufacturing methods rather than location. Bourbon must be matured in new and charred American white oak casks for at least 2 years. If the bottle has no age statement, the Bourbon is at least 4 years old. No coloring or flavoring of any type is allowed, and the mash bill must contain at least 51% corn.
Bourbons have very prominent notes of vanilla, as American White Oak is naturally high in vanillins.
Sure, Kentucky gets all the press when it comes to Bourbon. And with good reason—nearly 95% of it is produced there. But Bourbon can be made anywhere as long as it's within the United States. Just ask states with budding distilleries like Illinois and New York.
Bourbon matures quicker than Scotch due to higher temperatures in American warehouses.
Whisky or Whiskey? The spelling differs geographically. In Scotland, Japan, and some other parts of the world, distilleries usually spell it Whisky; in Ireland and the USA, they spell it Whiskey.
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.
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