Koval Single Barrel Millet Whiskey

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Koval // Illinois, USA

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    3 out of 5 stars
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Based in Chicago, Koval (literal Eastern European meaning is "blacksmith" but also "black sheep" in Yiddish) is a distillery that prides itself on its maverick approach to spirit-making. They pride themselves on using only the heart cut - no heads or tails - and aging in 30 gallon charred barrels. Like all of their grains, the millet (an ancient, drought-resistant seed) for this whiskey was sourced from a local organic farm collective. Unfiltered, gluten-free and certified kosher, this whiskey is bottled from a single barrel, so there might be slight variations in flavor and texture.

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    A spirit distilled from a mash of grain(s) at less than 95% ABV, bottled at no less than 40% ABV. The product must have characteristics, taste, and aroma generally attributed to whiskey
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    new, charred American oak

Tasting Notes

"This funky whiskey rides the border between sweet and savory. Its sweetness comes mostly from vanilla and honey with a slightly floral note, but it's cut down the middle by strong licorice/anise flavors and sharp clove. It has a chewy weight and leaves quite a dusty coating on the tongue, with a finish that's more burn than flavor."

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