Koval came into existence in 2008 in Chicago and was the first distillery to open in the heart of the city since the middle of the 1800’s. Here the owners, Robert and Sonat Birnecker, produce whiskey, liqueurs and other spirits according to organic farming principles. Quite uncommon and hence worth noting: each step of the spirit-making process is carefully monitored, from the supply of grain through to bottling. Koval’s other distinctive feature is that it only uses the ‘middle’ cut of the distillate, producing a more unusual, cleaner spirit.
KOVAL Rye, made with a unique mash bill of 100% organic rye grain, is a surprisingly fresh and light whiskey, with mellow and somewhat sweet notes of maple and candy corn, ending with a classically spicy finish. Works beautifully in classic cocktails such as a Manhattan, Sazerac or Scofflaw, where its grain-forward spiciness balances out the sweetness of other ingredients.