The Koval Distillery, founded in Chicago in 2008 by a couple with Austrian roots, cals itself an organic distillery as al their grain comes from Midwest farms and is 100% biological. Everything from grain to bottle happens in one place. Next to other spirits like vodka, gin and brandy, they also have a couple of whiskies out there. This is their Rye, consisting of 100% organic rye.
I get quite a bit of wood on the nose, both wood shavings and freshly sawn planks. Also something that reminds me of the peel of peanuts. A lot of nutmeg and a bit of cinnamon take the lead, leaving only a little room for fruity notes. I slowly get some sweetness as if from a pastry.
It is a touch watery, I’m afraid. Whole grain bread, orange marmalade and a hint of curry powder give it something special. Maple syrup keeps it sweet.
In the finish – which is rather short – the oak and accompanying spices kick in once more.
Not bad at all, but it does not come close to the bourbon.