Craft distilleries used to be popular in Chicago in the times and reigns of Big Al, but after the prohibition they were all shut down. It wasn’t until 2008, when the Koval distillery re-ignited the trade in Chicago. It's one of the first small batch distilleries in Chicago, and one of the leading craft distilleries in the US. It was founded in 2008 by a young couple, Robert and Sonat, who chose to follow their hearts, instead of a logical career path based on their university degrees. Growing up Robert, who lived near Salzburg, Austria, was immersed in a culture of small batch distilling, which he effectively integrated into Koval and all of its products. The distillery supports sustainable agriculture by producing only organic and kosher spirits and also make everything themselves – from mashing of the grains to the bottling. No outsourcing.
With their approach they declared their grain-to-bottle mentality which means that every step of the production is carefully planned and exists only because it is the only acceptable way to do the things as they want them to be. This mentality brought them numerous awards and they are recognized for being one of America’s top independent, small-batch spirit producers.
Koval Single Barrel Millet Whiskey is aged in American oak casks for three years. This kosher and certified organic Whiskey is a real treat and a must-try for anybody who is up for something different.
What does Koval Single Barrel Millet Whiskey taste like?
The Flavor Spiral™ shows the most common flavors that you'll taste in Koval Single Barrel Millet Whiskey and gives you a chance to have a taste of it before actually tasting it.
We invented Flavor Spiral™ here at Flaviar to get all your senses involved in tasting drinks and, frankly, because we think that classic tasting notes are boring.
Rye Whiskey is made from mash that is at least 51 percent rye. The grain gives Rye Whiskey its spicy, sometimes peppery, and bitter flavor. It was a big seller before Prohibition, and after decades in obscurity, it’s fashionable again. Fun fact: George Washington distilled Rye Whiskey at Mount Vernon.
The ladies give it a resounding 10! Start with an aroma that entices, then smooth taste from tip of the tongue to back of the throat, then a gentle warm fuzzy feeling. Especially good with fine Albanese dark chocolate. The men appreciate it too.
This stuff is the bomb. It's particularly good with a drop or two of Topo Chico. Cheers!
Honey front in the nose. Catching kind of plastic after taste. Not my favorite
Flavorful and smooth. Very enjoyable!
Smooth taste through and through.
Smooth and drinkable after a hard day at the office.
Very well balanced, I loved it
Very good surprise as it was a gift and I didn't know this distillery. I love it more peaty and smoky, but I really really enjoyed this fruity and spicy one...
Dry but really smooth. Very bland
Sweet all the way through
Delicious. Great from start to finish.
Very nice sweet whiskey with a smooth finish.
Very sweet and smooth. Reminds me Angel’s Envy Rye, surprisingly.
Very smooth and light.
Not extremely smooth, but has a sweetness then a nice lingering grain flavor
Smooth. Caramel. No spice. Nice finish.
Fantastic Whiskey. Very different taste, sweet and smooth.
Love the subtle nuances in the flavors!
Very smooth, fruit forward easy drinking. Got in one of the boxes. Damn good stuff.
I liked its initial unique flavor with its soft finish
Nice and smooth!!!
Fruit forward! Easy to drink, very delicious and would be the best whiskey for beginners!
Fruity, yet spicy,
The aroma’s pleasant & subtle. While not the best I’ve had, it’s definitely something different & fun off the beaten path. If nothing else, give it a try, you’d be surprised...
Absolutely the cleanest, smoothest best tasting whiskey I've ever had. I love this company, their whiskey, and their reputation. Favorite by far
It is an outstanding, intense, Single Barrel Millet American Whiskey with a gentle birth, a sweet life & a oily death.
Nice and smooth with subtle notes of pear and peach.
It might be just a touch too fruity, but it's a nice change of pace drink from the usual.
It was ok
All over the tongue goodness! Sweet, sour, salty, all there, with a lovely mouth feel.
Unique, but feels a little directionless. I didn't NOT enjoy it, but not sure where it fits in with the flavor profiles that dictate what I'm drinking in the moment.
Subtle. Smooth caramel and grains with pair and apple in the finish. Good for sipping but not very exciting.
Smells like apples.
Certainly spicy. Perhaps a touch of chilli and turmeric.
Lost a star due to original chemical scent, faded after 2nd tasting. Nice burn going down.
Smooth drinking and good for people just getting into whiskey.
unique flavor. Strong nut tones. Smooth.
Great caramel, vanilla and smokey taste. If this was local to me, I️ would buy it regularly.
It is pretty smooth and fruity tasting
I loved the sample
Ordering the bottle
Love the millet taste.
Very smooth and has an excellent finish if a tiny bit artificial
Such a different whisky. Weird nose. Very grainy and floral. I get grass, medows, hay lofts. Finish is sweet and short. Very candy like
Excellent whiskey, loved it!
This was odd
This is definitely a favorite. Of the five whisk(e)y that I have tried as of yet, this is one that I did not turn my nose up at.
Smooth with a sharp note, delicious.
A bit too sharp for me
that was fantastic
Metallic noise but pleasant char and oak
Strong char with a jack flavor with a bit of a burnie finish
Orange citrus on the nose but then it turns very lemon on the palette with a strong alcohol note on the finish.
Not too bad. As described in the flavor spiral.
The best of the three I had. Amazing flavor and finish
Very very good - exceedingly smooth.
Tips my list as a reasonably priced whiskey. Full of flavor and amazingly smooth.
I enjoyed it. Not overly complex, but good flavor that goes down smooth.
Unique, but bite is too heavy. Not really enjoyable.
Very smooth, clean taste. It was a strong flavor, but not as complex as Writers Tears in the starter pack.
It was amazingly sooth!
Very smooth with some nice sweetness, great finish
This is a nice smooth whiskey from the tasting pack. Initially it seemed a sweet but the long finish carries some of the deeper flavor that mellow out the sweetness. Might seek a full bottle of this one.
Strong start but it's got a very smooth finish and somewhat smokey aftertaste. Definitely recommend.
So far out of our first tasting pack this is our favorite. Just having trouble finding out how to purchase a bottle.
Awesome!!! Can Taste The Charred
Pleasant nose with pear overtones. Crisp, sharp bite with lingering, fruity finish.
I was wowed. This thing tastes amazing. For some reason I taste licorice a lot.
Harsh, bitter. Didn't care for this at all.
Strong smell, weird taste. Too sweet!
Very good with unique notes that sets it apart!
Pleasantly surprised at first, based on other reviews. That pleasant surprise quickly turned sour as the Koval seems to have a quick after taste of medicine. Oddly enough though, a few minutes after finishing the first pour, I wanted another
Aged pear on nose. Hit with some spice but quickly over run by the acetone like grain
Harsh, a bit too much burn that overpowers the flavor
Light. No bitterness. Smooth.
I did not care for this. I felt like the smell and taste of cloves was just to overwhelming for my taste.
As a whisky, not that pleasant. But it works fine as a snaps.
Smells like pinewood sawdust, and sort of taste like it too. Harsh/burns down the hatch. Not something I'd have again. This is a mixer whiskey. Enjoy with a Coke.
I'm being generous with 3 stars. It smells like paint thinner and the taste isn't much better. Just awful.
Not a fan at all
Smelled and tasted like plastic. Maybe bad bottle?
I enjoyed the fruity aromas but it tasted watered down and somewhat flat. Not complex and very short finish.
Smells like paint and was not something I would want to drink again.
very unusual, would like to try the koval rye, but this one has a terrible solventy nose and watery flat taste. Not complex. Not interesting. Very unusual taste - just not for me.
Fruity on the nose, relatively smooth finish. Light in color.
The chai tea of whiskeys.
Fruity. Oddly so.
It's sweet and a little chewy. Perfect pair with building a frustrating bed frame from IKEA.
Not bad. A mild nose, with a sweet flavor, like a dessert. Would not buy a bottle, but would order if in Chicago.
Smooth. Millet whisky is delish-nish!
Fun and kasher whisky, taste it you'll Be surprised