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1st Place - Best International Whisky
Aged in new American oak from Minnesota. Grains sourced from a local organic farmer collective in the Midwest. Single Barrel. Unfiltered 100% Rye. Heart Cut. Organic.
"100% Rye - notes tangerine and coconut with pepper on finish."
"Smelling the rye from a foot away after pouring. Exceptionally clean aroma of grain; the oily/spicy rye notes come through clearly. Quite smooth. Not a lot of flavors: very focused on the rye itself, with grain and just a touch of mint. A long finish with sweet grain that slowly turns to mint in the end." --Whisky Advocate (Vol. 20, #3) Reviewed by: Lew Bryson
"KOVAL Distillery is a grain-to-bottle distillery, making everything in house using organic and locally sourced ingredients. When owners Sonat and Robert Birnecker decided to leave their academic careers to found Chicago’s first distillery since Prohibition, they were committed to a modern take on the traditional Central European distilling techniques passed down from Robert’s grandparents. Robert not only grew up distilling on his grandparents’ award-winning winery and distillery in Austria, he has become a world-renowned expert on craft distilling. "e entire KOVAL team has been committed, from its very inception, to making the best craft spirits in America. To do this, they decided to share their knowledge and connections to Europe’s leading equipment manufacturers so that prospective distillers would have access to the best infrastructure and technology in the world. In fact, the KOVAL team has consulted for or taught distilling to over 1,000 people interested in joining the craft movement."