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Right from the start I started thinking of the movie "Planes, Trains & Automobiles". Because the movie and this rye whisky from Koval were both very entertaining and took place in Chicago. And like the Steve Martin's character in the movie, I also wanted the next flight to Chicago. Just to see what Koval distillery was doing back there!
I got a chance to sample Koval Single Barrel Organic Rye Whiskey and Koval White Rye Whiskey. And both are true benchmark products for artisanry. White Rye is closer to the average, yet very funky and progressive. This Single Barrel Rye is great. Surprisingly smooth for a "NAS" and new oak whisky.
Very fresh, offering a versatile rye dram. Rich palate, like a crossover rye whisky and bourbon. So get me planes, trains or automobiles, anything to take me to Koval distillery in Chicago!
Nose: Combo of bourbon and rye. Full of fresh fruits, hints of pear and cinnamon apples dominating. Some plain apples too and fresh grains.
Taste: The feel of bourbon is present. Rye is there but it comes much stronger in the finish. Sweet with fruits and rye. Fruits aren't as powerful as in the nose. Don't add water, ruins it a bit while making it very peppery.
Finish: Bitter notes, fresh rye. Spices really kick in the aftertaste.
Balance: Very exciting dram. Koval Single Barrel Rye is smooth and fresh, light, yet characteristic.