One of our favorite craft distillers that we've talked about in the past, is an up and coming distillery out of Chicago called Koval Distillery. The first whiskey we reviewed from them was their bourbon made from a mash bill of 51% corn and 49% millet, which made for a very interesting bourbon and a flavor profile that is not typical among bourbons. With only the ingredients of corn and millet in the mash bill, Koval has developed bourbon that is not only unique in taste, but gluten free, which is a plus for those with sensitivities.
They continue to push the envelope and innovate new and unique products, which has led to another excellent whiskey. This particular whiskey that they've introduced is their Four Grain, which is distilled from a mash bill of oat, malted barley, rye, and wheat. This whiskey is aged in heavily charred new oak barrels from Minnesota and bottled single barrel at 94 proof. The four grains define its depth with a banana nose, creamy palate, and spicy finish. Only the “heart cut” of the distillate makes it way into the bottle, so no “heads” or “tails.” The grains are sourced from a local organic farmer collective in the Midwest to ensure that only quality ingredients are making their way into the bottle. If you're looking for authentic craft when it comes to making whiskey, these guys are the definition and we love what they're doing within the whiskey world. The future is bright for the company and for consumers as craft distillers like Koval are able to show their skill and over time, introduce whiskies that have more age on them. The products they're putting out now are by no means unsatisfactory, but we all know that with whiskey, time and patience is key. Keep them on your radar!