Koval Distillery is the first (legal) distillery in the city of Chicago since the mid-1800s. Founders Robert and Sonat Birnecker place an emphasis on grain-to-bottle production, thoughtfully monitoring every step of the distillation process. From sourcing local, organically grown grain, to only using the "heart" cut of the distillate, Koval has established themselves as one of America's leading small-batch, independent distillers.
Like all of their spirits, Koval's Rye Whiskey is made using only the heart-cut of the distillate. 100% rye grain is used in the mash, without any adulteration from barley or other malt. You might think this would lead to a spice-laden, full bodied overload in the glass, but Koval's delicate touch prevails. Lightly spiced with cinnamon and pepper, and a kiss of vanilla, this is exceptional whiskey.
Grain is sourced from a local farmer collective in the Midwest. The spirit is run through the 5000L pot still, specially designed to enhance the falvours of whiskey and brandy. Only the heart cut of the distillate is used - the heads and tails are collected separately and saved for future distillation. New-make spirit is then aged in new American oak from Minnesota.
Light copper, with a touch of gold to the hue. On the nose, lifted spices laden with nutmeg and honey, almond and coconut smoothness with hints of jasmine and pepper. The palate brings ginger spice cake, with candied citrus and honeycomb notes. Oak and spice mingle beautifully on the back, with a touch of maple syrup. A lot lighter and more elegant than your standard rye.
THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
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.'
Best International Whiskey - InterWhisky Competition 2013