Koval Single Barrel Rye Whiskey
  • Category Rye
  • Country United States
  • Distillery Koval
  • Style 100% Rye Whiskey
  • Alcohol 40%
California residents: Click here for Proposition 65 WARNING.
  • spicy
  • rye
  • cinnamon
  • vanilla
  • caramel
  • honey
  • port
  • sweet
  • oak

Koval

Single Barrel Rye Whiskey (0.75l, 40%)
Price $41.99

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It’s just magic.

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. 

Rye Whiskey Business 101: rule number one — rye is the majority shareholder. In order to be called a Rye Whiskey, at least 51% of the mash bill must be rye grain. The folks at Koval take Whiskey-nomics to an entirely new level… try 100% Rye.

You read correctly. This Whiskey is produced from 100% organic rye sourced from a local organic farmer collective in the Midwest. Aged from 18-24 months in 30-gallon, new charred oak barrels, this Single Grain Whiskey is not only pure Rye, it's surprisingly light and fresh on the tongue. Rather than a kick, there's just a kiss of spice on the finish. How the hell do they do it? Pure magic.
  • Category Rye
  • Country United States
  • Distillery Koval
  • Style 100% Rye Whiskey
  • Alcohol 40%
California residents: Click here for Proposition 65 WARNING.
Appearance / Color
Golden copper

Nose/ Smell / Aroma
Spicy

Taste / Flavor / Palate
Full bodied, cinnamon, rye and baking spices.

Finish
Sweet with touches of vanilla, honey, caramel and a hint of spice.
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  • spicy
  • rye
  • cinnamon
  • vanilla
  • caramel
  • honey
  • port
  • sweet
  • oak
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Character Dogson
Rye - think of it as Bourbon's edgier cousin. It’s known for what many call a spicy or fruity flavor. Rye (distilled from at least 51% Rye) is not on the sweet side and tends to have a spicier body. That’s why the character of a cocktail made from Rye, instead of Bourbon, is drier.
Rye sparked the first revolution after the American Independence. It was called the Whiskey Rebellion, and it arose when the government tried to tax Whiskey and enforce the taxation on distillers. The lesson here? Don't mess with a Whiskey drinker's dram.
Koval is Chicago’s first distillery since the 1800s.
George Washington famously loved his Rye Whiskey. In fact, after he served as the first president of the United States, he returned to his farm at Mount Vernon and started a small Rye distillery of his own.
Koval translates to "blacksmith," in numerous Eastern European languages, but the word in Yiddish can also mean "black sheep" (aka someone who marches to the beat of a their own drum, how apropos!)
A decade ago there were only 6 brands of Rye Whiskey hailing from Kentucky, nowadays there are more than 50!
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Dog Dogson's Smartass corner
Character Dogson
Rye - think of it as Bourbon's edgier cousin. It’s known for what many call a spicy or fruity flavor. Rye (distilled from at least 51% Rye) is not on the sweet side and tends to have a spicier body. That’s why the character of a cocktail made from Rye, instead of Bourbon, is drier.
Rye sparked the first revolution after the American Independence. It was called the Whiskey Rebellion, and it arose when the government tried to tax Whiskey and enforce the taxation on distillers. The lesson here? Don't mess with a Whiskey drinker's dram.
Koval is Chicago’s first distillery since the 1800s.
George Washington famously loved his Rye Whiskey. In fact, after he served as the first president of the United States, he returned to his farm at Mount Vernon and started a small Rye distillery of his own.
Koval translates to "blacksmith," in numerous Eastern European languages, but the word in Yiddish can also mean "black sheep" (aka someone who marches to the beat of a their own drum, how apropos!)
A decade ago there were only 6 brands of Rye Whiskey hailing from Kentucky, nowadays there are more than 50!
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