Koval Rye

Koval Rye (40%, OB, 2017)

  • Category: Illinois Rye Whiskey
  • Origin: Koval distillery
  • Bottling: Koval
  • ABV: 40%
  • Cost: £39.95


What they say:

Only the “heart cut” of the distillate, no “heads” or “tails.” Aged in new American oak from Minnesota. Grains sourced from a local organic farmer collective in the Midwest.

“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.”
 — The Wall Street Journal

Unfiltered 100% Rye. Heart Cut. Single Barrel. Organic.

What I say:

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


Copper Bronze (12/20), medium-sized tears leave medium-fine legs


Dusty, chalky and flinty, slightly mineralic with spiced ryebread/gingerbread, honey and gristy malt, fresh buttered popcorn, bubblegum, banana, new paint, banana split, vanilla and banana milkshake sweetened with maple syrup


Lightly sweet honey and maple syrup, softened Demerara sugar, banana liqueur, a sprinkle of white pepper, vanilla, cream, milkshake


Medium-length, spiced, sweet milky and fruity


A very light Rye with reserved spiciness and a good richness to the body, diminished (i.e. nose>taste>finish) so one to hold in the glass and smell for a while, that said it goes down easily and seems like a good summery dram.

Score: 85/100

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