Koval Straight Bourbon Single Barrel
Established in 2008, Koval is Chicago's first distillery since the mid-1800s. This mom & pop operation is known for single-grain spirits whose complexity annihilates the clear grain spirit mold.
Koval Single Barrel Bourbon, coming in at 47% ABV (94 proof) is a bourbon whiskey with the requisite 51% corn, but makes up the other 49% with the rather curious choice of millet grain. Only cutting in the “heart” of the distillate (meaning no heads or tails), it proves for a very clean expression. Their organic, unfiltered, single barrel approach also aids in creating a bourbon that is both a showcase for the grains and a nod to the craft whiskey renaissance we are so lucky to be experiencing right now in the US.
Sweet vanilla notes are found along with some light char smoke and toasted grains. The millet used is markedly distinct from rye or barley. The mid-palate is soft and sweet and with finish focusing on barrel spices and char smoke.