Taste bud revival with Whisky. It doesn’t get better than this.
Taste is personal. We all know that, but finding the drinks that you like among the 15,000+ different Spirits out there, is a daunting task... So we curate them for you, 3 exciting drinks at a time. Stick with us and you’ll experience what the world of flavors has to offer.
Be warned, it will change you – for the good. If you’re not ready, take your taste buds and go. But we’re sure you’re excited, so let’s begin.
When picking the right Spirit for the job, Whisk(e)y becamethe obvious choice. It’s a charming and sly devil that fires on all cylinders when on your lips, and it goes down smoother than Don Juan’s most precious pick up lines. In short, it’s a proper badass.
Let’s clarify a few facts:
There are many countries capable of making excellent Whisk(e)y and eventually you’ll get to know them all. But for now, you have three to kickstart your journey of spiritual enlightenment. The Spirits we chose are not necessarily established, but they’re brilliant — and that goes perfectly with the Flaviar creed.
You’ll start by getting a taste of an instant Irish classic straight from a small production house that’s already earned quite a few stripes — The Walsh Whiskey. The Irishmen 12YO is released once a year and it sets the bar sky high for all Irish Whiskeys, so ready your rockets.
Now, let’s make a giant leap for mankind and head all the way across the pond to the US. Koval Single Barrel Bourbon Whiskey is not an ordinary Bourbon. Aye, Koval starts with corn and then finishes off the mash bill using millet, resulting in a Bourbon with a fruit-forward character and some sweet notes from the corn. It fits this Box like a glove and it is unlike any other Bourbon we've tried so far.
But to really know Whisky you’ve got to go back to the roots… Scotch. Tullibardine is a Highland Scotch from one of the oldest distilling and brewing spots in Scotland. We love it and so will you. But beware — you might love it too much!
Welcome to your flavor journey!
1) The Five(ish) Single Malt Regions of Scotland are divided into the following five regions:
- Speyside — has the largest number of distilleries.
- Highlands — effectively, all the areas surrounding the Speyside region & The Islands, an unrecognised sub-region.
- Lowlands — located south of the imaginary line between Glasgow & Edinburgh.
- Islay — a small, rugged island off the west coast of the mainland.
2) The "Angels’ share" or "Angels’ tax" refers to the Whisky that evaporates from the barrels. In Scotland, angels take around 2% a year.
3) Simplified, Whisky is basically a Beer without the hops that has been distilled two or three times.
4) Got milk? Farmers often pick up grain waste from distilleries and give this nutrient-rich feed to their livestock. The feed helps the cows produce more milk.
5) Scotch Whisky is never aged in new barrels. In Pot Still Distillation Bourbon and Tennessee Whiskey casks are usually used for maturation, while many times ageing process and flavor finishing is concluded in various Wine casks, such as Sherry or Port.
6) Whisky lasts forever, supposedly. A sealed bottle of Whisky will last unopened for a century, if not longer. An opened bottle should not change its taste drastically for at least five years, but it depends on how half-full / half-empty the bottle is.
7) The Excise Act of 1823 made many significant changes to the way the industry was taxed and regulated. It laid the foundations for the whole modern Whisky industry, resulting in the rapid demise of illicit distilling and an equally rapid growth in the number of legal distilleries in the following years.
8) "Too much of anything is bad, but too much of good Whisky is barely enough." — Mark Twain.
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The distillery is located in a Gaeltacht region, which is the name for a region that speaks mostly Irish.
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!)
The name Tullibardine means "vantage point" in Gaelic and originates from the name given to a little medieval chapel on a hill near the distillery that dates back to 1446.
The distillery was converted from the Fitzgerald sawmill.
Dingle Distillery offered the special first five hundred casks to the investors "Founding Fathers."
Koval is Chicago’s first distillery since the 1800s.