caramel
apricot
tobacco
gently sweet
mango
vanilla
dried fruit
spicy
charred
Spiral Koval Single Barrel Bourbon Whiskey

Koval
Single Barrel Bourbon Whiskey
Reviews and 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.
 
Finish 
Long, smooth, and gently sweet.
Price:
$49.99
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Koval Single Barrel Bourbon Whiskey is adored for its caramel, apricot, tobacco and gently sweet flavor notes.

This Bourbon is carefully distilled at Koval distillery, United States.

Based on 3936 votes, the average rating for Koval Single Barrel Bourbon Whiskey is 7/10.

Top reviews for Koval Single Barrel Bourbon Whiskey:

— Great for sipping

— My favorite so far

— Great bourbon from start to finish!
  • Category
  • Style
    Bourbon
  • Region
    Chicago
  • Country
    United States
  • Alcohol
    47%
  • Distillery
  • Age
    NAS

Koval Single Barrel Bourbon Whiskey

(0.75l, 47%)


7/10
Ratings & Reviews
Member Reviews and Ratings of Koval Single Barrel Bourbon Whiskey
Todd
Todd,
I was happy with the nose but then it went to a very "chemical" taste for me. A bit harsher than I like; bitter even. Koval is certainly not one I will be adding to my home bar.
 
Todd
Todd,
I was happy with the nose but then it went to a very "chemical" taste for me. A bit harsher than I like; bitter even. Koval is certainly not one I will be adding to my home bar.
 
Ted
Ted,
Bad! Horrible Taste. SAD!
 
Dave
Dave,
It’s ok. High alcohol smell up front. Spicy in the middle, has kind of a blank space before the end. Different.
 
Bryan
Bryan,
Burned too much, didn’t taste the mango. It was ok.
 
Christopher
Christopher,
Very very good, love the mango notes very smooth almost no bite. would be a great summer whiskey
 
Robert
Robert,
Terrible. Might be the worst bourbon I've ever had.
 
Aric
Aric,
Strong tobacco taste. Hard to move past it.
 
Andrew
Andrew,
I couldn't really find a "taste" to describe or compare to - I'm just not a fan.
 
Alex
Alex,
Full of flavor, almost too much. Smooth, yet great flavor tour. The mango was subtle yet great.
 
Kevin
Kevin,
Not bad
 
Torrance
Torrance,
Very much taste the caramel notes. It’s sweet but not syrup sweet. Soft mouth feel.
 
Ronald
Ronald,
Sweet on front side! Very strong tobacco finish with medium burn!
 
Josh
Josh,
I picked up hints of citrus and Cedar had a slight burn bit overall pretty smooth whiskey.
 
JESSICA
JESSICA,
Didn't love it, but don't despise it; active dislike though.
 
Joe
Joe,
Spicy
 
Karen
Karen,
Initial taste was good. Didn’t like after taste
 
Brian
Brian,
Not my thing
 
Brandon
Brandon,
Sampled here and buying a bottle
 
Nick
Nick,
As a single barrel you know each barrel is different in their own way, so take the reviews with a grain of salt. It’s a decent bourbon. There’s just a tiny amount of sweetness and a whole lot of grain. Not spicy at all. Easy drinker
 
Matthew
Matthew,
Very interesting drink! It hits sweet on the front end, then the cereal grains come through pretty strong, however the finish is not the smoothest. Overall it is a pretty decent product, definitely one of a kind.
 
Graham
Graham,
Tastes fine. But my spiral card that came in the tasting box is completely different that the one in the app. Definitely tastes more like the app. Single barrel bourbon whiskey on the card. Strange
 
JAMES
JAMES,
Can taste the Carmel apricot and tobacco up front, and then smooths out and finishes nicely. Not like anything I’ve had before and I liked it!
 
Peter
Peter,
Eh. Didn’t spit it out, but did pour it away. Quote from co-taster “ it’s fine”
 
Bob
Bob,
Not my favorite. Very tobacco forward, bland in the mid pallet, and dried fruit on the end. Not awful, but not one I’d likely return to.
 
Nikolai
Nikolai,
Not your typical bourbon
 
Josh
Josh,
This was gross to me. Bad nose, bad palate, and funky aftertaste that lingered. I literally poured it out rather than finishing it. A terrible bourbon and vastly overpriced. Give me Elijah Craig small batch over this for half the price any day!
 
Richard
Richard,
Had it in the taster, and not a fan. It’s not a bad whiskey, but not genus good one for me either. Really sharp on the nose, opening taste is of barrel. Lots of barrel. There’s a lot of wood in this one, and if you’re into that kind of thing...... bit of spice and smoke on an oily finish.
 
Christopher
Christopher,
You can definitely taste every flavor the more you sip. It is a unique experience but loses the luster the more you sip.
 
Paul
Paul,
Great whiskey. Tried in the tasting box and will order a bottle to explore more
 
Deangelo
Deangelo,
The barley and corn are definitive at first. It starts out strong and stays through the finish. To me, it’s a bit hot.
 
Craig
Craig,
Excellent smooth bourbon from Chicago. Most likely my favorite go to bourbon I will share with my bourbon loving mother...which she will get for Christmas.
 
Dustin
Dustin,
Flat, tobacco bomb.
 
Andrew
Andrew,
Great for sipping
 
Bonnie
Bonnie,
My favorite so far
 
Kyle
Kyle,
Lots of corn, a little wheat, nice and sweet with a lot of burn (it's good!). Can taste a little fruit on the back end. Would buy at $40-50.
 
Brian
Brian,
Meh
 
John
John,
Outstanding!
 
Shane
Shane,
I get spice immediately tingling mid to tip of tongue. I pick up on dried fruits and very forward tobacco note. Very viscous and oily body into a smooth finish with classic oak notes on the aftertaste with plums. A very interesting Bourbon for sure and something that is new to me in terms of flavor and impact. While it will likely not become a favorite pour it has certainly made an impression and I will keep an eye out for other Koval expressions in the future. Subtracted star for a little too much spice, too much tobacco and for being a little too motor oily mid palate. The plum/dried fruit on the nose is quite good and the mouthfeel is really nice because of the oiliness.
 
David
David,
My favorite in the "Craft Side of Bourbon" tasting box. Easy sipper with no burn. If the finish was better and longer, I would have given this an 8.
 
Nicholas
Nicholas,
Fun and pleasant drink. Good sweetness all the way through - but never sugary. Got the big mango and apricot flavor, with a bit of the port at the very end.
 
Jerry
Jerry,
Smoke, spice, and vanilla. Got some caramel too.
 
Alan
Alan,
I feel like the flavor spiral should be revered. Slightly smoky, then spice, and a hint of vanilla.
 
Raymond
Raymond,
Very smooth and buttery and the hint of Carmel is not over powering but a really nice touch
 
Steven
Steven,
Very smooth, creamy vanilla taste. I got this in a tasting box...will definitely order a full bottle.
 
Eric
Eric,
I enjoyed the various layers of taste in this bourbon. It’s kind of like a journey on the taste buds. Definitely will be purchasing a bottle.
 
William
William,
Pleasant with sweetness. Not a big fan of the aftertaste - Smokey tobacco
 
Julie
Julie,
Sweet with tart fruitiness, a bit more zest than I was expecting though considering there's no rye. Still quite tasty, very gentle & smooth in spite of the higher proof.
 
Joe
Joe,
This is my single favorite bourbon, sweet and smooth.
 
Chris
Chris,
Really liked this bourbon. Very smooth
 
Evan
Evan,
I liked this more than I thought I would! Surprising smooth and mildly sweet
 
Michael
Michael,
Great bourbon from start to finish!
 
Robert
Robert,
Love it, very smooth. Perfect for just on the rocks. Bites a little on the first sip, but just gets better and better. I have bought numerous bottles after trying it.
 
Matthew
Matthew,
Didn’t enjoy this
 
Heather
Heather,
It’s good!
 
Joel
Joel,
Good, smoky flavor, a bit of a kick but not too much
 
Megan
Megan,
Love the apricot start. Sweet and smooth. Appreciated the slight tobacco finish.
 
Greg
Greg,
As part of a tasting box, this was our favorite. As I went back to compare against the others I marveled at the strong vanilla nose that interestingly is not part of the flavor spiral. Although a bit thin in texture, I found it quite sweet with a long finish - definitely made me want more!
 
jaime
jaime,
Smooth, light burn, hint of fruit. Nice balance.
 
Nick
Nick,
I like the mouth feel and smooth finish of this. It's definitely sweet caramel and vanilla flavors up front.
 
Cameron
Cameron,
Was not a fan of this one. Not terrible but it had a strong medicinal flavor that I couldn't get over.
 
Tyler
Tyler,
Taste cinnamon and has a strong dry, charred finish. Noticed the flavor spiral in the app didn’t match the card with the sample. Thought I would have enjoyed it more.
 
Wesley
Wesley,
One of the smoothest bourbons to drink neat I’ve ever had.
 
Justin
Justin,
Meh; too sharp, not a pleasant aftertaste
 
Ryan
Ryan,
Received in the Craft Side of Bourbon box. Solid performance. Typical flavors: carmel, vanilla, smokey oak. Creamy, full mouth feel with a medium finish with vanilla and wood. Nothing too crazy and you can probably get similar for cheaper.
 
Ryan
Ryan,
Sweet smoke and cacao on the nose, creamy full mouth feel, wood and vanilla finish. Easy to drink. Got it in a tasting box, don't know that it's different enough that I'd spring for a bottle.
 
Scott
Scott,
Agree with the other reviews that ice smooths it out. Pretty good once that happens.
 
James
James,
Sweet, soft nose; tingly sweetness neat, with hint of tobacco; on the rocks, the sweetness smoothes out
 
Jennifer
Jennifer,
Bites more than the nose would imply. Smells great, but needs an ice cube to mellow enough to enjoy. Fun, though.
 
Richard
Richard,
Not a fan. Brassy and unsubtle. Would never have said it was single barrel in a blind taste.
 
David
David,
Really pleasant. Smooth and subtle with cinnamon and caramel.
 
Justin
Justin,
Sweet caramel and fruit but not syrupy. Then spicy finish.
 
Patrick
Patrick,
nice carmel taste. somewhat harsh with burn. Not inclined to buy again
 
Todd
Todd,
Cinnamon, fruity, slightly harsh
 
Dustin
Dustin,
Its got a good whiskey burn to it. Its a good whiskey
 
James
James,
Very flavorful. Carmel really stands out but in a non-syrupy way. Has a nice and not harsh finish.
 
Kelvin
Kelvin,
Definitely will enjoy buying this over and over again
 
Rafael
Rafael,
Enjoyed it but wouldn’t add it to my collection.
 
Matthew
Matthew,
Sharp, buttery, light spice.
 
Sean
Sean,
Starts off with a bite but very good smoky, citrusy finish. Would be great for an Old Fashioned.
 
Casey
Casey,
Smooth start to this bourbon with its sweetness and finishes with notes of spice.
 
Josh
Josh,
Very good, does not get old after repeated drinks
 
Damon
Damon,
Very smooth. Very corny with hint of barley in the middle. Better on the rocks.
 
Matthew
Matthew,
Very smooth, wonderful upfront taste, mellow and a nice touch of spicy. I did not care for the lingering taste although my wife loved it.
 
Ryan
Ryan,
Very smooth, with very little spiciness.
 
Michael
Michael,
Good taste. Proof is about right and good smooth flavor. I like the sweet caramel and rich port flavors. I would drink it again for sure.
 
chris
chris,
This bourbon is certainly a spicy one and you can really taste the strength of this bourbon it seems to go a lot better with coke as it's a bit potent for me on it's own but I would certainly recommend this bourbon I was very happy with the price and service.
 
Cire
Cire,
Very mellow! Very sweet with very little spice.
 
William
William,
Good sweet bourbon. Probably one of the sweetest I’ve had.
 
Michael
Michael,
Mike S It’s a beautiful 68 degrees at 7:00pm on Friday, setting out back enjoying my first great taste of Koval and here’s to many more.
 
Jeff
Jeff,
Smooth, sweet and easy drinking
 
Robert
Robert,
Great single barrel
 
Jeffrey
Jeffrey,
Fruit and vanilla dominate this spirit. The tasting I had wasn’t nearly enough...so much so that I immediately ordered a bottle!
 
Jim
Jim,
Sweet with a smooth finish
 
Harry
Harry,
This was surprisingly good. Good flavor and a nice finish. Mellowed in the glass.
 
Trent
Trent,
Great whiskey. Very complex flavor profile. Needs to breath a little before drinking.
 
Matt
Matt,
Would have given it a 10 aside from the "organic" marketing gimmick. Great balance of the bite and flavor!
 
Michael
Michael,
this was my favorite out of my samples
 
Brian
Brian,
For the alcohol content it is extremely smooth.
 
James
James,
Sweet. Intriguing. Not what I was looking for in a bourbon but interesting enough to try again.
 
Gašper
Gašper,
B.p.
 
Steven
Steven,
I liked it. Not my favorite of the three I received, but would enjoy a bottle of this in my bar.
 
Adam
Adam,
Maybe it’s me but I get very prominent smoked wood flavor up front. It’s very warm
 
Brian
Brian,
Great taste with a smooth finish
 
Gabe
Gabe,
Really like this one
 
Sunil
Sunil,
Soft on the front, a lil bite on the back, but I like it because it's so mello on the front. Gonna get a bottle of this.
 
Martin
Martin,
Smooth, great taste
 
Dave
Dave,
Meh.
 
Jon
Jon,
Liked it. A touch of Makers sweetness, but drier.
 
John
John,
Very mellow with a nice sweetness. I didn't think I would really like it based on the flavor profile but I really enjoyed it.
 
Aaron
Aaron,
Sweet grain, easy drinking
 
Gene
Gene,
Very good bourbon. Poured over an ice ball. Very smooth on the palette with no bite. Nice sipping bourbon.
 
guest
guest,
It did not burn when it went in. When doing the Kentucky chew, nothing caught my mind except how smooth it was. More flavor seemed to hit as it went down, a sweeter taste but no burn. It’s relatively lower proof compared to a lot of things I have in my bar. The millet as a secondary grain was a nice change compared to the rye or wheat that most bourbons use.
 
Ryan
Ryan,
Found this a bit astringent at first, enjoyed it more with further tasting/acclimation. Has an interesting blend of grain flavors with mild sweetness and a short finish.
 
Curt
Curt,
Very smooth. I didn’t find it to be overly sweet. Would buy.
 
Daniel
Daniel,
Delicious
 
Eric
Eric,
Decent, better with water.
 
Brian
Brian,
Yum!
 
Ryan
Ryan,
Really smooth and sweet with a spicy finish.
 
Benjamin
Benjamin,
This is a very smooth bourbon that is nice and sweet, but not overly sweet, with really no spice to it. Using millet instead of the normal grains as the minority share of the grain bill really brings out a nice flavor profile that I haven't seen anywhere else. This may become a mainstay in my bar.
 
Thomas
Thomas,
My fav of the three in the tasting box.
 
Grant
Grant,
Meh
 
James
James,
One of the most unique bourbons I’ve tasted. It is a smooth and complex bourbon that would be great for sipping.
 
Steven
Steven,
The light smooth sweetness makes this bottle a must have for me. There's a hint of banana and I want more!!!!
 
Leslie
Leslie,
Can't get much better than this.
 
Matt
Matt,
Rich, smooth and slightly sweet.
 
Matt
Matt,
Unique character. Sip-able on ice.
 
Jeremy
Jeremy,
Not bad
 
Matt
Matt,
It rocked!
 
guest
guest,
Acetone on the nose. Light fruit notes on the palette. Medium finish. Good, but not great bourbon.
 
Donna
Donna,
I like a bourbon that smooth with only a little burn going down and that is Koval hands down.
 
Brandon
Brandon,
Terrible dish detergent.
 
Dennis
Dennis,
I'm not able to define all the nuances of aromas and flavors and such.... But this smooth and flavorful bourbon has become my favorite, and I find myself licking my lips for quite some time after enjoying a drink.
 
Kevin
Kevin,
Being a novice at this, my first sip was rough. There was a sharpness that surprised. However, knowing that with practice I would become a better connoisseur I tried another sip. This time I let the bourbon rest in my mouth a little before swallowing. Much smoother. The flavor lingered and I had a good warming sensation. I added a couple ice cubes and chilled this bourbon is great for sipping. Again, this is my first tasting and I hope to learn to fully appreciate the complexities.
 
Walker
Walker,
Nice mellow bourbon! Love it!
 
Phillip
Phillip,
There many great layers of flavor. What a great taste perfect over a cube of ice. Highly recommended!!!!
 
Neven
Neven,
Smooth and fruity with a spiced kick
 
Paul
Paul,
Oaky first and foremost, but semi-sweet, semi dry with a nice smooth finish. Second fav of the "craft side of bourbon" box.
 
Dennis
Dennis,
Goes down easy. Great mix of flavors. I would not say it was too sweet as others have commented. I would buy it again.
 
Kelly
Kelly,
Excellent blend of fruit!
 
Jeff
Jeff,
Flavorful but a bit too sweet for me.
 
Stephen
Stephen,
Nice a smooth. Light flavor with a robust finish.
 
Daniel
Daniel,
Smooth, sweet with a hint of peaches.
 
Jonathan
Jonathan,
Very drinkable and smooth
 
Lisa
Lisa,
Excellent and smooth! I love that I can drink it neat!!! I would definitely purchase again
 
Trygve
Trygve,
Smooth. I am mostly a Scotch drinker, that being said, I occasionally, like the sweetness of a Bourbon. This was excellent, typically, for Bourbon I drink Woodford Reserve Double Oaked. This has become my new Bourbon, hands down.
 
Sean
Sean,
Loved this! The caramel flavor is rich and deep. If you enjoy a sweet, full bodied dram, this will certainly be worth trying.
 
Richard
Richard,
Before Koval, my impression of Chicago was the destination of the lovable loser. You may say to yourself, 'but the Cubbies won the World Series last year in the most extravagant of fashions! Certainly not!' Well my friend, pull yourself from that bandwagon and embrace this particular spirit. Finally, in your glass, you will have something from Chicago that is truly worth celebrating! A sweet sophistication that, in my opinion, has a more velvet finish than that of Woodford (heavens to Betsy no!) and a lingering honey-suckle flavor that reminds you of that fall classic one year ago.
 
Jeff
Jeff,
I was quite surprised to find this Chicago treasure measure up to its Kentucky kin. I would definitely keep this on the must have list going forward.
 
Kim
Kim,
I didn't enjoy this bourbon at all. It has a watered down taste with a burn that didn't pay off.
 
Dustin
Dustin,
Light, easy to sip over a rock or not. Nice before dinner or prior to heading out for the night. Smooooth!
 
Jeff
Jeff,
Nice smooth taste!
 
Adam
Adam,
Few has a strong caramel/honey flavor.
 
Michael
Michael,
I loved this!!! Very smooth.
 
Frederick
Frederick,
Never received...
 
Iain
Iain,
Good flavor. Carries interesting notes that offset the harshness of the mouth feel.
 
James
James,
A much better flavor than Gentleman Jack or Single Barrel Jack Daniels.
 
raul
raul,
Not to different from jack danials single barrel Just a little stronger
 
Portia
Portia,
Was a little rough for me at first sip. I ended up mixing it to finish my drink. Not something I would keep in my rotation.
 
Isael
Isael,
Great flavors in this bottle
 
Corinne
Corinne,
Nice bourbon taste,can taste little of the scotch
 
Nate
Nate,
Really smooth finish. No bite to it.
 
DAMON
DAMON,
IT HAD A GREAT TASTE AN NOT A LONG LINGERING AFTER TATE WHICH I LIKED ABOUT IT. IT IS A GREAT SIPPIN DRINK NEAT. I WOULD NOT RUIN THE FLAVOR BY DILUTING IT WITH A MIXER. IT WAS JUST A GOOD ALL ROUND DRINK FOR ME!!!! GREAT JOB!!
 
JACK
JACK,
Nice vanilla and carmel flavor. Too much alcohol on the tongue.
 
Dawn
Dawn,
Very smooth and enjoyable
 
Joel
Joel,
Overall good bourbon but it had a little bit too much of a scotch whiskey flavor mixed in with it for me
 
Steven
Steven,
Fantastic depth of flavor. My first foray into bourbons on this site. I was not disappointed. Pretty smooth, many different notes.
 
Mark
Mark,
Love, love , love this bourbon. my brother-in-law both have now found a new favorite bourbon. Already have a new bottle on my home bar. My brother-in-law is getting one for his birthday this year. Mark
 
Richard
Richard,
Smooth and sweet. Easy to drink with friends.
 
John
John,
A very light taste with caramel notes. Great for sipping neat.
 
Marc
Marc,
Meh
 
Nicholas
Nicholas,
Ok
 
Craig
Craig,
I line the sweet caramel flavor all the way through, and it has a little fire to it.
 
Monty
Monty,
Smooth, carmely, enjoy neat...
 
Steve
Steve,
Surprisingly smooth, great oaky taste
 
Steven
Steven,
Nice medium color. I caught some sweetness in both the aroma and taste but couldn't put my finger on it - chocolate, caramel, vanilla? The flavor didn't last long, but the throat sting of the alcohol carried on for several minutes.
 
Bryan
Bryan,
Smooth, nice vanilla and caramel flavors. Nice finish
 
Kenneth
Kenneth,
Very alcoholic. Added a few drops of cold water and I only tasted sweetness. Not complex. A simple whisky.
 
Aaron
Aaron,
At the start all I smelled is nail polish remover. It stung hard and allowed nothing else in. The first sip was acrid and bitter. All I tasted was my tongue burning. Only after a 5 minute waiting period did anything remotely pleasurable come through. I find a slight amount of sweet caramel on the nose but it didn't last long. There is almost nothing sweet during the sip except a tiny amount of corn, and the burn after the wait was the same as the burn at the start. The corn and caramel are the only reason I even give this 4 stars. I wouldn't even use this as a mixer. There is nothing oaky or aged here and it seems like a waste of your time and money. This is get-you-drunk bourbon for people who have no palette.
 
Ryne
Ryne,
Very, very smooth. Excellent taste
 
Joel
Joel,
Smooth with a nice Finnish
 
David
David,
Reminded me too much of NyQuil. Tasted better with water.
 
Kevin
Kevin,
Flavorful and smooth
 
Timothy
Timothy,
Best of the box for me. Nice sweet smell after in the glass
 
Jonathan
Jonathan,
Terrible
 
Patrick
Patrick,
Hard bite
 
Darrell
Darrell,
Smooth and a bit sweet.
 
Dustin
Dustin,
Found out that I just am not a Bourbon guy.
 
Nicholas
Nicholas,
Smell: semi sweet Taste: sweet and dry, it's not bad at all but nothing to write home about. Throat: smooth, very smooth. Overall 65/100. I would drink it if served blindly but nothing about it screams to be asked for specifically. Best as a mixer.
 
Robert
Robert,
Unusually smooth, Loved it
 
Donald
Donald,
Hmmm... I was ok but I don't remember it very much.
 
Vincent
Vincent,
Not too sweet, remarkably smooth, I appreciated the fruit notes and almost expected florals when I sniffed it. I was pleased to find that there were no florals in it and It made kick myself for not having a cigar. I enjoyed the vey mild tobacco after flavor.
 
Jose
Jose,
Love love love!!! Great sipping bourbon
 
Josh
Josh,
I really love the finish not overly sweet. And the fruity flavors are pleasant nice sipping bourbon.
 
guest
guest,
Good taste, not really an bourbon after taste, a little bit of a sweet and smoky finish
 
Jeff
Jeff,
Very nice finish.
 
Stephen
Stephen,
I noticed the chemical taste that is mentioned in a lot of the reviews. Beyond that, I tasted carmel and cedar.
 
Jeff
Jeff,
This seems like a good bourbon to mix. VERY strong chemical smell and strong up front as well. After that it is smooth and the finish is nice.
 
Amy
Amy,
This was my favorite in the tasting box, smooth vanilla taste with no bite...would love to splurge on a bottle sometime.
 
Bryce
Bryce,
First off bourbon. ..yuck lol.. but it's the welcome box I don't like the sickly sour sweet corn taste in any bourbon and it influences reviews. This bourbon in simple speak reminds me of a bakery. It has a variety of baked goods qualities to it and almost finishes like a rum. Creative and flavorful Downside other than being bourbon... very potent, and has an almost medicinal or chemical bite to it.
 
Kirby
Kirby,
Smooth
 
Ben
Ben,
Very nice, balanced, rounded bourbon. Too good to use as a mixer, but this wasn't, for me, interesting enough to serve to guests or get through a dark night of the soul.
 
Derrick
Derrick,
The notes on the pin wheel was on the spot. While drinking, it gave me a sensibility of something magical. Something that warmed my soul and delighted my taste sensors.
 
Dan
Dan,
This had promise. Started out with a wonderful caramel nose and warming barley presence. Very smooth and silky.... and then nothing. Was waiting for the character to emerge but it seems lacking.
 
Michael
Michael,
A bit about my taste: I love Scotch and I am also a fan of things like Bulleit Rye, Templeton Rye and the occasional Bastille, French Whisky (one of my faves). That being said, Koval simply lacked any flavor profile other than a very "chemical" taste for me. It was almost like drinking straight alcohol. It was very harsh, bitter and generally unpleasant. I literally can't understand what some of the other reviewers are saying when describing corn tastes, or fruit overtones as they simply didn't exist. It was like I was drinking Acetone or some other chemical compound as opposed to a whiskey. Koval is certainly not one I will be adding to my home bar, nor could I recommend it to anyone.
 
Joseph
Joseph,
A whiskey for an unbuttoned flannel, beard wearing kinda guy. A smooth and robust whiskey that has a clean bite and a dry finish. First thing you taste is the barley, almost as if you walked into an old plank wood floor corner store (that smell) as a taste. Natural dry wood smell, that hits the back of your nose every sip. The sweet oak overpowers the faint corn taste and then finishes with a rich caramel-apricot taste leaving behind a thickness in your mouth as if you just smoked a sweet aromatic dark backwood tobacco leaf. It's one for the shelf, but tucked away as a third choice.
 
Dominic
Dominic,
Very good
 
Sean
Sean,
A bit harsher than I like, but great flavor on the front end.
 
Luke
Luke,
Strong caramel nose and sweet palette. But I found it to have some strange taste, like nail polish, which it very hard to enjoy, not sure what it was. My coworkers described it as smooth but lacking character. I would give it another shot to see if I just tasted something incorrectly.
 
Colin
Colin,
Smooth, with a over all hint of wood/tabacco, and nice sweetness, finishes off with a pleasant spicy
 
Nathan
Nathan,
I agree with Thomas. This was the best of the first tasting box. Nice smooth taste and one that I will purchase going forward.
 
Thomas
Thomas,
Definitely the best out of the first tasting box, I purchased a bottle. Has a nice spice to it and a little bite that I want, and expect from a single barrel. This one will definitely be in my usual rotation of sippers.
 
CARLOS
CARLOS,
My favorite from Flaviar so far. It is a bit spicy and sweet.
 
Stacey
Stacey,
I loved it....didn't need to mix it. Would have to agree that didn't taste any fruit but definitely the vanilla and caramel.
 
Harrison
Harrison,
Not bad, but not quite a sipper. I wouldn't turn it down, but I also wouldn't drink it neat again. As someone said, it would make a hell of a Manhattan.
 
Ryan
Ryan,
Awesome
 
Josh
Josh,
My favorite of the welcome box. It was very smooth and generally not bad. It seemed to be a little bland though. Could use some more flavor of some sort. I wouldn't pay $59 for it, but I wouldn't turn it down if someone offered it to me either.
 
Mathew
Mathew,
I enjoyed this, especially the spicy notes that pop up throughout. I'm not sure I got the dried apricots, or really any fruit notes, but there certainly was vanilla and caramel. It's not bad on it's own, but I bet it would make one hell of a Manhattan.
 
Glenn
Glenn,
This might be a mixer. We don't mix, just sip. It is not a sipper. I'd rather drink Jack (and I don't like Jack).
 
Rolf
Rolf,
Smooth - easy to enjoy
 
Tristan
Tristan,
Certainly the first of its kind that I've had. I love the mango and stone fruit notes especially. A little too costly for what I feel like it's worth, but I'm generally new to drinking whiskeys.
 
Wes
Wes,
Not bad!
 
James
James,
Strong but not unpleasant.
 
Kristopher
Kristopher,
She's a strong one, but at the same time isn't too harsh. Caramel profile was most prominent (imho). Considering I'm not usually a bourbon drinker, I was pleasantly surprised.
 
Geoff
Geoff,
Very Strong but it has good flavor.
 
Chris
Chris,
Oak flavors very smooth
 
Vlad
Vlad,
Too strong
 
Mike
Mike,
I was a bit disappointed. I received 3 samples and only two taster cards. For the price of the sample I could have bought a bottle of any one of these bourbons.
 
Gale
Gale,
Enjoyed the tasting....picked this as the top of the three I got. I'll buy it. Smooth but not the bite I was expecting, could have been bigger. That would have gotten my vote higher than an 8.
 
Charles
Charles,
Good sipping bourbon
 
Gregory
Gregory,
Very good sipping bourbon with a clean finish.
 
Damon
Damon,
Good but lacked a flavor to distinguish itself amongst our bourbons
 
Joe
Joe,
Warm and Smooth, yet smoky with a distinctive bite. Slight tongue numbing. Great for sipping. Bite was a bit strong for my preference.
 
Jason
Jason,
Apricot early fades to a beautiful rum raisin finish!
 
Duane
Duane,
Very smooth but lacked distinctive flavor
 
Andrew
Andrew,
First spirit I tasted out of my welcome box. I am very new to fine spirits so I will simply say I quite enjoyed it.
 
Hartley
Hartley,
Very smooth at room temperature, slight bight in the throat, plasant nubming of the tongue. Little to no aftertaste. Great for sipping.
 
Brandon
Brandon,
Nice smooth bourbon. I don't have much experience with bourbons but would be happy to enjoy this one again.
 
Drew
Drew,
Pleasantly surprised by this one in my welcome box. Mellow, smooth, a little sweetness. Oaky aftertaste. Pretty nice! I'd buy it.
 
Gary
Gary,
Unappealing aftertaste, almost like a cheap whiskey. Not for me.
 
Michael
Michael,
I was very surprised. This is a wonderful little bourbon. Sweet, smooth, with a woody finish. I may have to get a bottle soon.
 
Travis
Travis,
Delicious
 
Adrian
Adrian,
I'm not much of a button drinker, but I would say this had an incredible paler to it... and I enjoyed how much the various flavors worked with each other
 
Hansen
Hansen,
best yet of the sample box, unexpectedly sweet n very smooth with light aroma that is inviting, subtle n settling to the mouth n toungue
 
Tom
Tom,
My first as well. Loved the caramel.
 
Matthew
Matthew,
Full buttery mouth coating start, sweet and slightly smoky middle, lingering alcoholic finish.
 
John
John,
A solid bourbon for sipping
 
Mark
Mark,
Really Tasty!
 
Andrew
Andrew,
Smooth
 
Greg
Greg,
Good but unlike the bourbons I know and love. The tobacco flavor comes across strong to me. If I had this to taste more often, I might get more of an appreciation for its distinction.
 
Jake
Jake,
This was in my first tester. It's got some pretty amazing flavor. Very mellow, almost no bite but the flavor is absolutely fantastic. It's a perfect sipping whiskey.
 
John
John,
Very smooth.
 
Michael
Michael,
Distinctively not Kentucky, which is ok with me. Much smoother and less bite than its neighbors to the south.
 
Jimmaiya
Jimmaiya,
Solid bourbon for sharing. Definitely get the sweetness and opens up more with a few drops of water.
 
Cody
Cody,
Over all smooth just didn't enjoy it over all.
 
Dustin
Dustin,
I thought it was pretty smooth and had a nice finish. A good all around whisky.
 
Jeff
Jeff,
Sweet, caramel, a little fruit on the nose. Not a long finish but deep, there's a lot going on here.
 
Angela
Angela,
My favorite from the welcome box. It was very nice and smooth. Noted the fruit and sweetness.
 
Kris
Kris,
Got the mango right away. Smooth as hell!
 
John
John,
I actually have some hints of vanilla and caramel it's deliciously smooth with no bite it's such a pleasant surprise it's become my new standard . John Z
 
David
David,
Really enjoyed the subtle sweetness. The mango and apricot are not overwhelming.
 
John
John,
Not my favorite out of the "Welcome Box", Complex finish, I have a wimpy palate!
 
Todd
Todd,
First taste demonstrated heavy char and spice with an intense finish. After the one ice stone it began to mellow, featuring notes of sweet corn and butter, with a fruity finish.
 
Fred
Fred,
The aroma is somewhat complex. It's very smooth. Has a very small hint of sweet. The middle of the tongue feels the warmth. The back of the tongue has a bit of a burn. While tasty, im not crazy about the fruity taste.
 
Darren
Darren,
Smooth, fruity, not a typical bourbon that I'm used to a little to virginal,for my taste, I need a woman with some rough edges!
 
Nick
Nick,
Very tasty! Nice and flavorful
 
Randy
Randy,
Def my favorite from the welcome box. Had a nice complex flavor profile and a great finish. Nice and smooth, especially after a couple drops of water were added
 
James
James,
We enjoyed taste of this bourban. Had fun identfying the aroma. Thought we smelled cinammin, wood, orange.... Taste was smooth, finish was easy and lingering
 
Joseph
Joseph,
My favorite of the welcome box. Delicious.
 
Billy
Billy,
It just hits hard on the outside of tongue. It's hard to taste the earthiness when everything is on fire.
 
Jay
Jay,
There may be hint of sweetness, but the end result or linger taste is more like licking an ashtray.
 
Jeffrey
Jeffrey,
Don't normally drink bourbon, but I found this pleasant to the pallet with a smooth finish
 
Sean
Sean,
Generally don't go in for Bourbon but this was fin.
 
Theresa
Theresa,
Not a bourbon fan but liked it
 
Chris
Chris,
I was surprised at the first sip, the apricot flavoring took me off guard, but the smooth caramel and tobacco finish had me hooked
 
brock
brock,
There was not enough to really taste and judge and give a score of what i think about it.
 
Paul
Paul,
Best out of the 3 pack welcome set. Smooth.
 
David
David,
Smooth, not an overpowering sweetness.
 
Tim
Tim,
Good smooth bourbon. Would recommend a bottle to friends.
 
Leroy
Leroy,
First taste was surprising smooth with a bite of spices
 
Matt
Matt,
Love it very smooth no need for ice. Smells good, gently sweet with a hint of caramel, tabacco, mango and apricot.
 
Steven
Steven,
Smooth with a nice finish, worth stocking in the bar.
 
George
George,
I liked it though I found it strong in taste.
 
Kevin
Kevin,
New to bourbon, I could definitely drink more of this. 8 out of 10. Journeyman from the taste box was second, with Few coming in last.
 
John
John,
Great. Way better than anything other product is my testing. Blew Few away.
 
Mike
Mike,
I personally liked this whisky complex flavor. The others participating in the tasting didn't like it as well as Few
 
Madison
Madison,
Smells of sherry, has a bit of bite. If you add a cube of ice, the flavor really comes out
 
Bo
Bo,
I'm trying to get into bourbon from Scotch and Irish Whiskey land, but having a hard time of it. This drink has much of what I don't care for in bourbon.
 
Shawn
Shawn,
Not a fan.
 
Todd
Todd,
Great Flavor
 
Josh
Josh,
Great flavor, but not very smooth.
 
Steve
Steve,
Nice nose and spice flavors with a light finish. Add water and ice limit the flavors; recommend straight.
 
Jon
Jon,
Really impressed with this one. Nice, slightly sweet on the finish with corn and caramel. If I see this one on the shelf, I'll pick it up. Well done!
 
Jason
Jason,
Koval is a Mans drink. The woodiness really stands out to me with a long, smooth finish to let the many other fine bits of goodness rush around and make your mouth very happy. Stands out right away as what I see being a regular in my bar.
 
Michael
Michael,
The caramel jumps out like it's running the Kentucky Derby. A subtle tobacco aftertaste rounds out the sip.
 
Antti
Antti,
Koval was a very good creamy sipper, its birth is fruity yet sweet, a life of grain & custard, while its death is long & spicy.
 
Eric
Eric,
Really like the sweetness!
 
Steven
Steven,
Easy to drink, smoother than the cheap stuff, but have had better for the price
 
Farron
Farron,
Definitely my favorite of the three.
 
Joseph
Joseph,
Initial vanilla, honey, floral and citrus. Mid of carmel, honey and alcohol. Long finish of orange peel, honey and smoke.
 
Jedediah
Jedediah,
The koval was good didn't care much for the other two though.
 
Jason
Jason,
Amazing taste. Very smooth with no aftertaste!!!
 
Michael
Michael,
First off I'm a Scotch drinker and not a big fan of ANY Bourbon but I do enjoy a good Gin & Tonic during the summer months. That being said I guess it was okay for a Bourbon it was a little on the sweet side. I gave it 5 stars because like I said I'm not a Bourbon drinker and have nothing to judge it against
 
Robert
Robert,
We did NOT love the Koval. It had a metallic taste and lacked sweetness. It seemed unnecessarily harsh with very little payoff. This one is a hard pass.
 
John
John,
I really liked this one, has a unique character and smooth. $50 seems like a fair price to me.
 
Keith
Keith,
Very Smooth and sweet to my taste which I liked
 
Levi
Levi,
Very smooth even for a beginner like my self.
 
Patrick
Patrick,
Very smooth, slightly sweet, great vanilla taste.
 
david
david,
Very smooth caught me by surprise
 
Tristan
Tristan,
Not a bourbon guy but this is worth a taste. Smooth colorful and a tad sweet. Easier than makers and gentleman jack to sip.
 
Carl
Carl,
Nice, soft feel, sweet up front, dry finish, not too spicy. A little hot feeling though. Not my favorite, but I can drink this.
 
Brad
Brad,
Very nice very oaky and a little spice to the finish
 
Benjamin
Benjamin,
By far the most miserable excuse for bourbon I've ever tasted. Paint thinner is cheaper and probably tastes better. They call it "herbal". I call it flat, flavorless, and insulting.
 
Captain
Captain,
Good whiskey with sweet notes. Pairs well with cigars
 
James
James,
Smooth and delicious!
 
Sean
Sean,
Love it
 
Brady
Brady,
Very strong and delicious! Let this one breathe for sure. Notes of dark caramel, slight sweetness, and apricot. Pungent, industrial cleaning agent smell, so you know it's potent and packs a wallop.
 
Seth
Seth,
Overpriced, but tolerable...
 
Greg
Greg,
Loved it, sitting around a campfire with friends talking about the days hunt.
 
James
James,
Decent. A lot of sweetness
 
Benjamin
Benjamin,
Very nice, the wife very much like it. She really liked it when mixed.
 
Rob
Rob,
It's a nice sipping but not quite the depth or finish that I like.
 
Chris
Chris,
1st Taste of charcoal , Carmel notes, after the second taste it was stronger tasting as the port side came out but the sweetness of the apricot and mango also came out. The 3rd taste was caramel and become smoother and notes of chardness. Overall love the koval over exceeded my expectations and could see me sipping on glass after work to relax with.
 
Jennifer
Jennifer,
It got stronger flavor of Port the more sips you took. Apricot came out
 
Jeff
Jeff,
Big fan. very Smooth
 
Wayne
Wayne,
Very Smooth. Very Light Flavor.
 
Joshua
Joshua,
Not the best not the worst. I like my on the rock and a rock was definitely needed to open this up. I think this could use a couple more years in the barrel.
 
Joseph
Joseph,
Not bad. Needs one drop of water to open the fragrances a little. Otherwise you just smell alcohol. Honey and molasses in the nose. Flavor starts a little sharp and mellows into a sweet almost rye flavor. Long and slightly harsh smoky finish. You will tastes the smoke for a while. There are better bourbons out there for this price point. It tastes like a very young bourbon too. Maybe let it age a little longer to mellow it out a little.
 
Ted
Ted,
Very complex on the nose and taste. Slightly sweet and very smooth. Favorite from the welcome box.
 
Nick
Nick,
Not very much flavor. Seems empty.
 
Ryan
Ryan,
Pleasantly surprised. A very unique and complex flavor profile. Buttery mouthfeel eases the alcohol vapor. Pour and let it sit for 15 min or so to really open it up.
 
Randy
Randy,
Love it oak notes smooth finish
 
Grayson
Grayson,
Good, but could be a little smoother.
 
Josiah
Josiah,
Very, very nice - mellow and consistent through and through.
 
Kyle
Kyle,
Under whelming,
 
Jimi
Jimi,
Smooth with a semi sweet taste. Definitely worth taking your time to drink. You'll want to savor this bourbon.
 
Stefanie
Stefanie,
I thought this was really smooth
 
Brandon
Brandon,
First off, very complex flavors. Can totally taste the tobacco and a bit of sweetness. Love it.
 
Kenneth
Kenneth,
Good on the back palette. Could def taste the tobacco.
 
James
James,
This was excellent! Loved the nose, sweet. The flavor was complex, simple burn, moved up to my sinus, caramel and a desert, like apple pie, then finishes with a hint of tobacco. I lived it.
 
Bennett
Bennett,
Not my cup of tea
 
Tom
Tom,
Tried it in the sample box, my favorite of the three. Still young, need time.
 
Jason
Jason,
Smooth, taste is a bit flat.
 
Jesus
Jesus,
Great taste smooth with a great ending that just kept flavors
 
Adam
Adam,
Smells sweeter than it tastes. Smoother than I expected with a long finish. I enjoyed it but would not add it to my bar.
 
Alex
Alex,
Disappointing. Sweet, with a strangely unpleasant note - like it's trying too hard to be sweet, and has missed the definition of subtlety. Marginally drinkable, but not particularly smooth (though that might be the short aging of bourbon as compared to even low-end Whisky). Will avoid in the future.
 
Matthew
Matthew,
Nice
 
George
George,
Nice long finish, not as sweet as I like but glad to see local products used.
 
Gerard
Gerard,
Good flavor and finish Hints of ban an and honey, oakey
 
Enoch
Enoch,
Somewhat smooth, but tastes like it was aged in garbage, which is probably the tobacco. I don't see myself ever tasting this brand again.
 
Cameron
Cameron,
With this being my first whiskey to actually try to get a feel for intellectually, I got a little vanilla out of the nose and the taste of oak and tobacco. Otherwise I found it to be quite pleasant, something I might enjoy regularly
 
Tracey
Tracey,
Liked Journeyman best of the 3, smoother. Could drink the Koval. Did not like the Few
 
Patrick
Patrick,
Interesting bourbon
 
Brian
Brian,
Loved this box!
 
Scott
Scott,
I don't know bourbons well as I'm more of a scotch fan, but this is how I want my bourbons to taste. Not too sweet, exactly where I want to be. I'd rate it higher if I knew bourbon better
 
George
George,
I work out of state so I was looking forward to getting into my tasting box when I got the chance to come home and I did. I tried the Koval and it was really tasty. I'm not a mixer so I did it straight from the shot glass. 1 I threw back and the other I sipped. Excellent. I'm gone again for about another month but I look forward to testing the others and will make my decision on which I will order. If the other two are as good as the Koval, it would not be a stretch for me to order one of each.
 
Charles
Charles,
It was very good. My wife who is not a bourbon drinker said it was very smooth.
 
John
John,
was not delivered please refund my money and cancel my membership
 
Charles
Charles,
I enjoyed this spirit. I could definitely taste the white oak. It had a nice smoothness to it. not too girly and not to harsh. I would consider buying more of this, but you're not selling any.
 
Courtney
Courtney,
Delightful scents and flavors but one -dimensional
 
Kevin
Kevin,
Smooth, usually a rye whiskey drinker. Sold on this one!
 
Joshua
Joshua,
Far smoother than credit given prior to tasting. Out of the 3 in the tasting box Few - Journeyman - & Koval - For myself the Koval Takes it! Amazing. However, I will note that I am far from a Drink Cone suer.
 
Benjamin
Benjamin,
It was our favorite. Very smooth and flavorful.
 
Justin
Justin,
I enjoyed this gem very much! I will definitely be sipping on this again in my near future.
 
Louis
Louis,
Sooooo unique! You love it or hate it but it's deffinitively different.
 
Chris
Chris,
Seemed like every other Bourbon, tingly in the mouth, little burn going down
 
Andrew
Andrew,
Very rich and smooth flavor. Very aromatic. All around delicious. Will definitely order!!!
 
Andrew
Andrew,
Very smooth and not to strong
 
Richard
Richard,
This was a very pleasant drink with no Ice or water. Very smooth and mild, a little sweet. A little burn on the first couple of sips in the back of the throat but still smooth.
 
Bruce
Bruce,
Not bad taste and better then aroma. Smooth finish
 
Kurosh
Kurosh,
Not a bourbon guy. Not too complex. Not enough depth for my taste. But pleasant enough for sipping.
 
Tom
Tom,
Not my favorite. Too harsh.
 
Henry
Henry,
Fiery drink with a bit of a bit and a burn. Not the smoothest but will definitely warm you on a cold winter's night.
 
David
David,
I am terrible a determining flavors or smells. I am just at 'like it' or 'don't like it' person. The Koval I liked. it makes a good sipping bourbon.
 
Jeff
Jeff,
Buck yeah is better
 
Terry
Terry,
I like this one very well
 
Jeffrey
Jeffrey,
I'm not a bourbon guy... But these were interesting and OK in small quantities for me.
 
Michael
Michael,
Smells fruity, middle range in color. Strong tobacco taste. Would try again.
 
Barry
Barry,
Young but not bad. Beats the more common bourbons with mellow sweetness and a mature finish. Smoother than I thought it would be.
 
Alexander
Alexander,
I'd buy it. Yea.
 
Iain
Iain,
Sweeter than I usually like, but I didn't mind this one at all. The port and fruit flavors were definitely present for me. It was a nice after dinner drink.
 
William
William,
Loved this bourbon. Going to be buying a bottle for my home
 
Gordon
Gordon,
Fuel oil - rancid odors
 
Ann
Ann,
Sweet full from beginning to end with a little heat
 
Shawn
Shawn,
Pleasantly sweet and smooth but not a lot of depth on my flavor pallet. Not the best but not the worst. Curious what it would taste like after 10 years in a barrel.
 
guest
guest,
Excellent
 
Michael
Michael,
This bourbon would be great for cocktails like Old Fashions or Mint Juleps. A little sweet, but pretty smooth. Not a lot of character though when sipped straight.
 
Kevin
Kevin,
Definitely wasn't a fan of the Koval. Very young, no complexity. Definitely sweet and fruity up front with an unpleasant alcohol burn (not a good spicy burn) on the back. No flavor on the finish.
 
Dan
Dan,
Very good! A sweeter flavor. Not too harsh. We really liked this one!
 
Eric
Eric,
Meh.... average at best
 
Edward
Edward,
Fruity and piney nose, pepper and smoke on the tongue, clean finish
 
Rodney
Rodney,
Oddly sweet. Reminds me of Summer's in my Great Grandmothers kitchen.
 
David
David,
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.
 
Brandon
Brandon,
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.
 
guest
guest,
I did not like this one. It had a heavy taste of barley or plant.
 
James
James,
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.
 
Jim
Jim,
What about the Kentucky thing with bourbon???
 
Justin
Justin,
Very good, very bourbon...
 
A
A,
Millet fills out the rest of the mash, balancing and softening that cut-throat corn. Smoother than many, but definitely still a bourbon
 
patrick
patrick,
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.
 
Sharon
Sharon,
Very nice flavor. I'm new to this tasting thing and so far it's been a very pleasant experience
 
Philip
Philip,
Stunning. The nose kept a strong interest in the drink followed by a great taste.
 
Katy
Katy,
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.
 
Kurt
Kurt,
I really liked this Bourbon! Very unique with a nice soft & sweet finish!
 
Matthew
Matthew,
Unique, smooth, great finish, no burn, a hint of sweetness.
 
Diogenes
Diogenes,
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.
 
Marcus
Marcus,
Good local whisky
 
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