Welcome to 2015. This year will mark 3 years of iScotch, and there’s a good chance we’ll cross 300 posts and a million views this year too.
And what better way to start another year of whiskey than with something good and weird? Koval is definitely unusual: from Illinois, organic, single Minnesotan barrel and made from millet. Distilled in Chicago, they also offer bourbon, oat and rye whiskeys, with the rye available aged or unaged. I assume their four grain whiskey is a blend of corn, oat, rye and millet – that would be interesting to try.
So what’s millet? It’s a hardy small grain more common in Africa & Asia. It’s used for the same purposes as all grains – animal feed, dietary carbohydrates and making booze. Millet beer is pretty common, and distilleries around the world use it as well. Here’s what we thought:
Dan – fly tape
Simon – yellow orange
Goran – n/a
Dan – sweedish berries
Simon – licorice, marker, sweet, orange
Goran – liqourice, some leather, herbs, very interesting
Dan – sweet candy, surprisingly textured, dry burlap
Simon – hollow rye? with sweet centre
Goran – cherry, chocolate milk, prickly burn as if spicy
Dan – warm, eating tart grapes
Simon – lingering licorice
Goran – red vines, long finish for the coconut/butter side
Dan – less sweet, open up the dryer, straw taste
Simon – sweet, bright, shiny
Goran – licorice returns
Koval Single Barrel Millet Whiskey – 40% 750ml – $ – Illinois
Try it? Yes! Buy it? Yes.