Chicago, IL – 47% ABV – $53
Yet another date with a Koval whiskey.
This time it’s Koval Four Grain‘s (seemingly younger) sister, Koval Bourbon.
The mash bill is corn and millet. Organic grains, of course.
On the nose (Date # 1) – Upfront spirity yet spicy sweetness that is reminiscent of Big Red gum.
Touches of dill weed and surprisingly enough, lithium grease.
Quite interesting for a bourbon with the industrial component.
On the mouth (Date # 2, a bit unsure about how this relationship is going however, I am hopeful) – That spice component is first and foremost. She’s getting fresh with me. I can dig that.
Woody, for sure (the flavor, not my reaction to the spiciness) but the spirit is there as well.
Hmmm, bubble gummy and a nice little mouth feel to it.
Finish (Date # 3: The deciding factor) – Oatcakes and a touch more cinnamon. Medium in length.
In sum (The decision) – This whiskey would hold up well in a tasting as it tells it’s own story. And if you enjoy younger whiskeys this is right up your alley.
For me, it’s a little too young. Some extra time in the barrel would marry well with what I can tell is a fine spirit. Is that always the way?! Someone in a relationship is always acting a little immature – usually it’s me!
While I don’t think we’ll become malt-friend and boy-friend, we *will* remain friends.