Distiller: Koval. ABV: 40%. No age statement. Grain bill: 100% millet. Price: $45
As a life-long Chicagoan and a whisk(e)y drinker of slightly younger vintage, I’ve long enjoyed the very fine spirits produced by the Ravenswood neighborhood distiller, Koval. I love that they’re not afraid to play, that they have a commitment to organic production, and that they continue to seek out new and interesting grains. So when I saw they had a millet whiskey, you better believe I was intrigued.
The Koval Millet is aged in new American oak from Minnesota, and according to the distillery, is the first whiskey to spring from millet. Millet is sometimes known as the “fourth grain” of whiskey manufacturing–a flavor component that can be added to the more common corn, rye, and barley–and it’s a kosher-friendly grain. (For comparison, see our Koval Four Grain Whiskey review.) Koval’s innovation is distilling from 100% millet.
It creates a very interesting whiskey. I got a smokey vanilla nose and a sweet palate of spice and rich caramel.There is a definite viscous element to the drink, which won’t appeal to all. I found the finish to be fairly quick, although not so much so that you don’t get the heat that rises throughout.
Overall, I’m quite glad I tried it and there was much to enjoy. I wouldn’t say it’s a must buy, it’s a very interesting and complex whiskey.
Cheers, friends! – TM