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Koval Single Barrel Rye Whiskey

Rated 3.0 out of 5 stars
2 Reviews
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About Koval Single Barrel Rye Whiskey

100% organic rye made from only the "heart" cut of the distillate, from Chicago's most famous craft distillery.

In 2008, KOVAL became the first distillery to open in Chicago since the mid 1800s and has been making organic spirits from scratch since Day 1. This grain-to-glass distillery focuses on organically grown grains and local sourcing.  

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

Tasting Notes

Orange peel, clove, raisins, and an earthy oak. 

Suggested Serves

  • Classic: Sip on a Sazerac
  • Unexpected: Cure in New Orleans, awarded "Outstanding Bar Program" by the James Beard Foundation, pairs rye with Cynar for a cocktail that has the most delicious taste (and name!) Growing Old and Dying Happy is a Hope, Not an Inevitability

Production Notes

KOVAL Distillery is a grain-to-bottle distillery. They do not source their liquid, as many producers do, instead they craft everything in house using organic, local ingredients.

This rye's mashbill is made up of 51% corn and 49% millet and it is aged in 30 gallon charred virgin oak casks.  It embodies that classic KOVAL house style, using only the "heart" cut of the distillate, which results in a cleaner, brighter-tasting whiskey.

Like all KOVAL's whiskeys, their rye is single barrel so as to ensure that the flavor and pure grain notes are developed to their fullest potential. All KOVAL spirits can be traced back to their barrel and even to the organic farms that produce the raw ingredients.

750ml & 80 Proof

General Characteristics:

Size: 750ml
Proof: 80 proof
Main Ingredient: Rye
Country of Origin: Illinois

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Rated 3.0 out of 5 stars
Based on 2 reviews
Total 5 star reviews: 1 Total 4 star reviews: 0 Total 3 star reviews: 0 Total 2 star reviews: 0 Total 1 star reviews: 1
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2 reviews
  • Nikki
    I recommend this product
    Age Range 35 - 44
    I'm More Into: Cocktails
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    Coming from a rye fan

    This on the rocks is the perfect way to end the day! I love a smooth rye and this suits me perfectly. I’m not into harsh whiskeys that burn after every sip or leave me gasping for water. To each their own, I’m looking forward to making an old fashion with this!

    Best ForRated 1.0 on a scale of minus 2 to 2
  • Jeffrey B.
    Verified Reviewer
    I do not recommend this product
    Age Range 45 - 54
    I'm More Into: Sipping
    My Spirit of Choice (if forced to choose!) Tequila, Rum, Whiskey
    I Bought This For Myself
    Rated 1 out of 5 stars
    Waste of money

    I was looking for some highly recommended bourbons/whiskeys to drink neat and this came up on some click bait. Took my list to go shopping and this was one of the few that I could find for an affordable price. When I got home, I tried a pour and it was horrible. I let it sit for about a week to let it mellow (thinking maybe my tastebuds were off that day) and tried again, UCK! Let a month go by to try it again and still it did not improve. Found it last week buried in the back of my liquor cabinet (about a year later). I forgot why I didn't like so I tried it again. It was worse than before (really, no surprise there). Who ever made this, I have no idea what they were trying to do but it sure wasn't whiskey! I just ended up pouring the rest down the drain. Spend you money on something else, there's a lot more out there that is way cheaper and far better than this brown concoction.

    Best ForRated -2.0 on a scale of minus 2 to 2
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