Whisky Review: Koval Millet

Category: Illinois Millet Whiskey

Origin: Koval distillery

Bottling: Koval

ABV: 40%

Cost: £40.24* from Master of Malt

koval-millet

What they say:

Aged in new American oak from Minnesota. Millet is a prized grain in Asia and Africa and popular base for spirits in Nepal, though this is the first whiskey to be made out of millet. Only the “heart cut” of the distillate, no “heads” or “tails.” Grains sourced from a local organic farmer collective in the Midwest.

Unfiltered 100% Millet. Heart Cut. Single Barrel. Organic and naturally gluten-free.

What I say:

Many thanks to Tom of Toms Whisky Reviews for sharing these official Koval samples with me. This 100% Millet whiskey was produced at Koval Distillery in Chicago, Illinois.

Colour:

Full amber gold (10/20), fine tears with looser medium legs

Nose:

Coconut, pina-colada, a definite Carribean feeling to this one, coconut oil/suncream, green coconut and green banana, fleshy and slightly underipe

Taste:

Coconut foam, spiced pepper, green banana, coconut flesh, vanilla, grassy/green, soya and almond milk

Finish:

Medium length, lightly peppered almond and soya milk, banana and coconut cream

Overall:

Surprisingly light (like aged Scotch single grain whisky) full of vanilla, milk and spice – rather unusual but very pleasant palate

Score: 85/100

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