Koval Single Barrel Rye Whiskey (500ml)
Independence and tiny output seem to be key criteria. The former provides the conditions for innovation, while it’s the latter (in part) that makes this possible. Upstart, small scale operations will (almost always) be inherently experimental via the process of ‘discovering their soul’. Do-it-yourself stills, single barrel trials, unusual wood finishes, grains from all corners of the earth - these are just some of the ingredients that make craft distilling so exciting right now. Our coverage of the American movement continues with new arrivals from the Koval and Few distilleries.
Founders of Koval (est.2008), Robert and Sonat Birnecker, gave up academic careers to bring the distilling traditions of Robert's Austrian grandfather to America. Five organically grown grains (Rye, Oat, Wheat, Millet, and Spelt) are harvested locally for distillation into single grain whiskies. These unfiltered single cask offerings are classified both organic and kosher.Tasting note: Pale brass / gold appearance. Crunchie bar. All shortbread and honeycombe; the sweetness drops a notch as oak and spice overlap the initial aroma. Light to medium bodied, exceptionally soft textured. Mildly spicy, dilute toffee apple burst at mid palate fades into a delicate, clean, drying aftertaste. 40% Alc./Vol. Other reviews... “This is no ordinary rye, because it doesn’t come from an ordinary distillery. [...] Despite being 100% rye grain, this whiskey is fresh and light [...] with a maple-y, candy corn entry and a kiss of spice on the “finish.” - The Wall Street Journal