Koval – Single Barrel Millet Whiskey

Koval.jpgPlease take into account that these are my personal tasting notes and personal experience, as such you may interpret this whisky very differently from me.

Colour:

Gold.

Nose:

Lavender? Pine needles? Wood (oak), sweet, smoke.

Palate:

Sweet yet tangy, nutty, caramel and smoky.

Finish:

Medium finish, spicy, nutty and smoky.

Overall:

An odd mix. I wasn’t sure if the notes I wrote down were right as each time I nosed or tasted this it seemed to change. A real mixture but perhaps more enjoyable because of it’s unpredictability?

Classic Rock Match:

Following a post by @the_whisky_lady entitled ON THE ROCKS: Match Your Whisky With Rock Classics I’m going to try and match my tastings with a classic rock song.

For this dram I’m going with Black Sabbath – Paranoid.

I feel I have to offer a brief explanation to my song choice for this one. I really struggled with working out the nose and the palate on this one and in truth it left me doubting myself and feeling a little paranoid over the whole experience, hence Paranoid

Notes:

Part of my first Flaviar tasting pack.

One I definitely want to try again but only when I’m in the right mind set to handle the confusing mix of messages it kept giving me.

Taken from Koval Distillery Website:

MILLET

80 Proof

Aged in new American oak from Minnesota. Millet is a prized grain in Asia and Africa and popular base for spirits in Nepal, though this is the first whiskey to be made out of millet. Only the “heart cut” of the distillate, no “heads” or “tails.” Grains sourced from a local organic farmer collective in the Midwest.

Unfiltered 100% Millet. Heart Cut. Single Barrel. Organic and naturally gluten-free.

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3 Comments Add yours

  1. that’s a new one, Grimm, never heard of millet whisky. We’ve got some strange whiskies coming up here n the US, too early to say how many will succeed. That one may not make the cut!

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    1. I’d not heard of it either until it turned up in my tasting pack. It’s not a bad whiskey, just… odd. They are one of the new batch (est 2008) and they seem to be jumping on the “craft” bandwagon which hipsters seem to love. All their products are kosher though – that’s not a big deal in the UK but I know in the US it’s more of a thing. As you say though it’s too early to tell how many will succeed and at least they produce gin and brandy as well so even if their whiskey fails it’s not the end of the world for them.

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