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.
Member Reviews and Ratings of Koval Single Barrel Millet Whiskey
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.
Smells like bananas but tastes like burnt wood.
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