Did I know anything about Koval or Millet before trying this? No—no I did not.
But having now done some cursory internet Googling, it seems that the distillery itself is in Chicago, releases single barrel whiskies from 113 litre barrels and has a German made still that looks suspiciously similar to other Holstein set-up’s I’ve seen at other distilleries.
These types of stills seem to always produce a exceptionally rubbish tasting spirit, to the point that I really don’t understand why people use them (they must be cheap).
Millet then is a grain that hasn’t much been used for whiskey production. Wait, hold on, maybe it’s a grass, not a grain. Anyway, let’s get to the taste:
Koval Millet 40%
Nose: There's some cardboard-y-ness here, toffee apple, plenty of oak, pretty wooden and 'craft.'
Taste: Nice arrival, then soft, some fresh red apple, toffee, some caramel, a little cardboard, more into the finish, some spices.
Finish: Short/Medium length. Apple and cardboard.
Interesting use of the Millet grain and parts of this are fine. I found this one feels quite flat and overall very stiff. Another cardboardy American craft whisky IMO.
Thanks for reading!
American Review #67
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