A range of innovative single-barrel whiskeys from the Koval Distillery in Chicago has been introduced in the UK through Identity Drinks Brands.
They include Koval Millet which is thought to be the first whiskey made with millet. Aged in new American oak and bottled at 40% ABV, it has notes of fruit including mango with a long spicy finish.
Koval Four Grain is distilled from a mash bill of oat, malted barley, rye and wheat and is aged in heavily charred new oak barrels before bottling at 47% ABV. It is creamy with a spicy finish.
Koval’s Rye whiskey is made from 100% rye and aged in new American oak barrels with medium charring. Bottled at 40% ABV, it is a light whiskey with a gentle spice finish.
The most recent addition to the range is a bourbon which keeps to the rule of having 51% corn but, instead of rye, uses 49% millet. It is aged in charred new American oak barrels and bottled at 47% ABV. It is sweet and punchy on the palate with a peppery finish.
Koval Distillery sources grain from farmers in the US Midwest and uses only the high-quality heart of the spirit off the stills, not reusing the heads or tails. The whiskeys come in 50cl bottles.
Identity Drinks Brands will work with bartenders on developing cocktail recipes, supported by brand ambassador Will Foster, founder of Casita in Shoreditch, east London. His second bar, Casita2 in Broadway Market, is one of the first to stock Koval whiskeys.
Also part of the range is Koval White Rye, an unaged rye spirit at 40% ABV with floral and peppery notes.
Identity Drinks Brands has also taken on the distillery’s Koval Dry Gin, a clean, crisp gin with notes of grass, citrus and white pepper with a round floral body. Bottled at 47% ABV, it uses “woodland” botanicals such as grains of paradise, rose hip, angelica root, coriander and juniper.
Koval joins an ever-growing portfolio for Identity Drinks Brands which last month added the Regal Rogue range of Australian vermouths. It also handles Plantation rums, Pierre Ferrand cognacs and liqueurs, Boxer Gin, Element 29 vodka, Citadelle Gin and Bloodshot Spiced Vodka.